January 9th, 1998 - October 31st, 2002
The UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) has six years of experience building first and second-generation virtual reality devices (the CAVE in 1991 and the ImmersaDesk in 1995) to support tele-immersion applications, and is now conducting research in third-generation virtual reality devices to construct, as best as possible, variable resolution and desktop / office-sized displays.
Since no current technology is yet configurable with ideal resolution and size, EVL will first simulate these devices with available parts, and then build more advanced prototypes.
This grant provides equipment funds to buy, evaluate, and integrate a variety of emerging display devices, such as large color plasma displays, Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) projectors, Light Emitting Diode (LED) panels, Ferro-electric Liquid Crystal (FLC) displays, and Digital Micro Mirror Displays (DMD).
EVL will also adopt latest generation graphics engines on both Unix and NT-based graphics platforms in order to reach and service the largest possible scientific and engineering user base.
The goal of this research is to develop clearly compelling prototypes so that these devices can be improved and reproduced by the private sector.