Stony Brook University to Design Virtual Reality Theater

NSF gives university $1.4 million grant to help fund project that is expected to revolutionize data, medical scanning and Hollywood.

With the help of a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Stony Brook University is designing the "Reality Deck," an Immersive Giga-pixel Display in the university's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.

The display will use visual graphics nearing the clarity of the human eye. With over one billion pixels of information, the Reality Deck is expected to revolutionize "any application that involves a tremendous amount of data," said Project Director Arie E. Kaufman.

These applications include medical scanning, colonoscopies, satellite imaging, and even Hollywood.

 "Instead of going and seeing IMAX, which is only 3D, you will be fully immersed in a giga resolution," said Dr. Kaufman.

"It is unique tiled display environment … is an engineering feat – a unique assembly of hundreds of LCD displays, graphics cluster, sensors, communication, computer vision and human-computer interaction technologies to deliver a holistic system with a significant societal and research and development value," said Kaufman.

NASA, Air Force, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, Brookhaven National Laboratory, National institutes of Health and the University of Maryland are among the government agencies that are already on board to use or fund the Reality Deck.

Kaufman, who is also a professor and chair of the Computer Science Department and chief scientist at CEWIT, said the Reality Deck should be built within one year.



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