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Visualisation systems

Each of the four large-scale visualisation systems in the HIVE has unique characteristics to suit particular types of projects and types of content.

The Wedge

The Wedge comprises two rear-projected 3.8 metre diagonal display surfaces mounted in either a 90° wedge configuration or a double-wide flat screen. This system supports stereoscopic 3D content, and provides the best support for scientific 3D volume visualisation and 3D video content.

the wedge
3D Rendering of HMAS Sydney II lifeboat. Two Lost Ships project. Boat 3D model derived from 2D images © Australian War Memorial via Finding Sydney Foundation.

The Tiled Display

The tiled display suits the presentation of ultra-high-resolution images, including multi-megapixel mosaics, or even giga-pixel sized panoramas. Comprising an array of 12 full-HD LCD panels (with only 2.5 mm bezels) this vast display has a surface area of 10 square meters and contains 24 million active pixels.

tiled display
A synchrotron image of a meteorite collected by the Desert Fireball Network of cameras, showing the Nickel contents of the sample

The Cylinder

The cylinder is designed for the presentation of immersive stereoscopic panoramas, virtual environments and performance art. This three-metre high, eight-metre diameter, 180° cylindrical projection surface is lit by three high-end projectors that are warped and blended to provide a continuous display surface of about five megapixels. The system is fitted with a tracking system, and content can be displayed in stereoscopic 3D, using supplied 3D glasses. This system provides the best support for immersive 3D virtual environments and intuitive interaction through motion capture.

cylinder
School of Architecture researchers looking at 3D representations of ancient Myanmar temples

The Dome

The dome provides an immersive experience via the four-metre diameter domed screen that entirely fills the observer’s primary and peripheral vision. The dome can be used to explore 360° ultra-realistic panoramas, omnidirectional video and virtual worlds. It has many potential uses, including virtual tourism.

The dome
Milky Way above Lake Ballard panorama. John Goldsmith. Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy.