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A state-of-the-art virtual reality theater that displays over 100 million stereo pixels onto a 360° surface

CCV’s state-of-the-art virtual reality theater displays over 100 million stereo pixels and consists of 69 full HD projectors driven by 20 nodes of the CCV HPC cluster. The projectors display onto 145 mirrors covering a 360° surface, including overhead and underfoot. At normal viewing distances, the pixels are smaller than can be resolved by the human retina. The screen consists of translucent polycarbonate. The front wall is 25 feet long and 8 feet high and spans 180° of view. The screens are suspended, along with half of the projectors, from an aluminum superstructure, with a catwalk for maintenance.

The blending and warping that create one image from many projectors is proprietary, from the Scalable Display company, but this library has been licensed to be incorporated into many different applications and software libraries. Many of the applications that run in the YURT use vrg3d, a virtual reality graphics package developed and maintained in the Computer Science department. Other scientific and analysis packages have been successfully incorporated into the YURT, including Blender, a popular open-source 3D modeling game engine, and Paraview, a widely-used scientific graphics and analysis package. These open the YURT to use by a large community or researchers..

We welcome projects that take advantage of this unique technology to advance teaching and research at Brown. Please read below our policies and process to schedule a visit

Regular Open House canceled until further notice

For the health and safety of the community, we will no offer demos until further notice. We continue to monitor the coronavirus situation closely and we are taking action based on guidance from public health experts. Please stay safe.