New Orleans —At the Siggraph computer animation trade show, Fakespace Systems (Ontario, Canada) showed several ways to project and manipulate CAD files on realistic 3D screens, without incurring the expense of dedicating an entire building, as many automotive manufacturers do.
"Major OEM's are demanding compatibility from tier one and two suppliers, and at the same time the cost of computing power is decreasing," says Jeff Brum, a Fakespace marketing manager. "So we're working to bring display computing down to the desktop level."
The conCAVE™offers a 50 sq. ft. viewing area on a molded plastic 72×72-inch screen with an alcove 30 inches deep—it looks like beaming a slide projector into a satellite dish. Proprietary Volume Mapping Software maps volumetric data to the walls, floor, and ceiling of the alcove.
Tools for negotiating such virtual environments include:
The CubicMouse™allows different parts of the 3D image to move in relation to each other.
PINCH®Gloves allows users to grab objects in the 3D environment, then snap their fingers together to summon a tool box or menu bar and choose graphics tools to edit the images.