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Gefen Helps Create Virtual Reality in Germany's University of Applied Sciences

Apr 18, 2007 2:29 PM

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The University of Applied Sciences at Furtwangen in Munich, Germany, recently initiated its decision to create a virtual reality laboratory in which Media Lab students could create real-world strategies in a three dimensional environment.

Innovative for its use of current technology to create an engaging virtual reality, the laboratory offers a training and experimental environment in which all possible facets of a project may be explored before students proceed with the best solution.

Implemented by media-technology company SDI GmbH in Munich, the lab uses strategically placed high-definition video projection supplemented by wave field synthesis loudspeakers located around the circumference of the lab. Connectivity equipment supplied by Gefen ensured the delivery of high definition visuals with no latency period. Gefen delivers professional quality audio/video solutions with multi-platform extension, integration, distribution, and conversion capabilities.

"The technical basis for the visual distribution is the use of six projectors located in a hinged installation, each beaming high-definition images on a massive rear-projection screen," explains Thorsten Goecke, SDI product manager. "By polarizing the various projections, the presentation appears absolutely three-dimensional as life-size imagery flashes across the screen." SDI is engaged in the planning, projection, and realization of audio/video production and television studios, as well as miscellaneous media and technical facilities.

To distribute the data required for high-definition video, SDI relied on an assortment of Gefen HDTV extenders and splitters to deliver simultaneous imagery throughout the lab. Gefen's fiber optics cabling was installed to ensure an unadulterated distribution of all video signals.

To compliment the video, SDI installed loudspeakers in circumferential alignment, conveying an auditory authenticity for research and teaching at the highest level.

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