AREA Science Park Virtual Reality
A new immersive system for scientific divulgation
developed a virtual reality system for AREA Science Park in Trieste, an
important and internationally renowned research centre. This installation, that
includes rich interactive 3D content, will be used during the visits of
important guests as well as of students and classes.
immersive system is flexible in that it allows both panoramic and stereoscopic
visualization with the same hardware, thus making it possible to get
professional-level quality while keeping costs low.
for a room holding 40 people, this system is able to deliver an effective
experience to each spectator in both panoramic and stereoscopic modes. The
stereoscopic mode is passive linear and therefore the use of goggles (low-cost
polarized glasses which can be worn over regular eyeglasses) is required.
involved in the race are reproduced as 3D models placed in a virtual scene with the
landscape of teh Gulf of Trieste on the background and additional synthetic data that provide the spectator the objective information of the race
situation in real time.
Virtual Camera is a system developed by Arsenal and is provided as a service, mainly for sailing sports events that need
visibility on TV or widescreens.
In the 2006'
Barcolana regatta, broadcasted by
RAI TRE, the super maxi yachts "Alfa Romeo2" by Neville Crichton and "Maximus Aliké
Arsenal, founded by engineers expert in the field of
military simulation, operating since 1998, offers now to the civil market real time 3D interactive
solutions, as panoramic and stereoscopic immersive visualization structures.
Today the opportunity to use 3D
digital visualization and Virtual Reality (or Simulation) structures, that offer
an innovative technological support of great impact for the communication and
divulgation and push toward a new approach to the cultural and scientific
heritage, is concrete.
The Virtual Reality that Arsenal
presents is the one that fits in the definition: interactivity, free movement in
the scene, manipulation of virtual objects, immersive and possibly stereoscopic
vision. The most popular aspect of the Virtual Reality is its 3D
However, this technology offers other powerful applications that are not
to be neglected such as remote control, physics-based and dynamics-based
simulation, and those so-called Augmented
Reality applications, where information related to the observed context is
order to have the complete control of its own projects, Arsenal developed its
platform for Virtual Reality applications, based on the open-source software OSG
(OpenSceneGraph), to the development of which Arsenal plays a key role.