What is a CAVE?
A CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) virtual reality system is a room-sized, advanced visualization solution that combines high-resolution, stereoscopic projection and 3D computer graphics to create a complete immersive experience of a virtual environment. The CAVE allows multiple users to become fully immersed in the same virtual environment and at the same time. Most CAVE have four sides (three wall and a floor) and the most advanced have six sides.
The CAVE allows users to:
- Feel the 3D model floating in space, while still seeing their hands and other people
- Analyze spatially-related data
- Navigate in life-sized environments
- Focus on data with a fully integrated display, software, computing and support solution
Typical CAVE set up
A typical CAVE set up includes the following equipment:
- Rear projection walls
- Down projection floor
- Tracking sensors in the walls
CAVE users wear a pair of Virtual Reality glasses which display a three dimensional image via a process known as stereoscopy. The 3D effect is rendered by displaying two images – one per eye – which allows the brain to interpret the depth of the objects. With the help of a tracking system which records the person’s actions inside the CAVE, the point of view of the user is defined to display the images with the right perspective.
TechViz XL Virtual Reality Software
Thanks to TechViz XL, a VR software, the users will be able to navigate within their 3D models in 1:1 scale and visualize their product before it is actually built. Easy and flexible, TechViz XL can display more than 200 3D modelling applications without data conversion. Acting like a driver, TechViz XL displays applications such as CATIA V5 or V6 (now 3DExperience), PTC, Siemens, Autodesk, Intergraph, Aveva, Unity by just starting the application and loading the model.