Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) is a small and empty room, usually cube-shaped, wherein the walls, ceilings and floor function as huge monitors. These big projection screens provide the viewers with quite a wide field of view for a fascinating experience. Since the room is empty, it enables the users to move around and interact with visual stimulus.
While in the CAVE, the viewers are required to wear a VR headset or stereoscopic eyewear, which look similar to the glasses that one wears for 3D cinema but with an addition of antennae-like sensors on it. With these glasses, viewers are able to see 3D images in the CAVE and are able to inspect the images from different angles. This is an exact simulation of how the object would appear in reality, allowing viewers to study the object as if it’s actually there.
The movement of the viewer is constantly tracked with the help of the sensors attached to the glasses and numerous sensors, which look like CCTV cameras, mounted on the projection screens. Since the precise position of a viewer is known to the system, their view is changed relative to their perspective and position. To provide a close to reality experience, the giant monitors have an ultra-high-resolution display.
The viewers are also equipped with a controller wand and joysticks which are used to navigate through the different parts of the VR environment.
CAVE offers such an immersive environment to study objects that it finds application in many disciplines.
Architecture and construction – CAVE provides an ideal place to architects, engineers, and contractors to visualize the various sections of a building before it’s even constructed and help them decide what changes are required. Customers can also share this place with the architects to explore their home or office which might be under construction in reality and suggest any changes. Any modification which would have been quite expensive after the completion of the project can be done at a very low cost with the help of CAVE.
Aviation – Aviation industries have started to utilize CAVE to explore data which otherwise wouldn’t have been possible due to physical and economic constraints. CAVE can be used for mockups of new designs offering a 360-degree view, crash simulations or even taking measurements for any modifications. See this video to understand how NIAR is using it already.
Defence – CAVE can be used as a flight simulator due to its ability to simulate a variety of control environments in an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The operator can also manipulate UAV in a 3D model of the airspace. Apart from UAV, CAVE can help to introduce virtual objects and simulate cockpit or workstations. The University of Illinois considers CAVE a well-suited technology for studying the design of UAVs.
Medicine – VR has already found numerous use cases in medicine, and it only gets better with a CAVE. Training for surgeries, studying anatomy, conducting virtual treatment in dentistry, first aid training, or demonstrating the result of bad habits, CAVE only makes it more immersive and takes you a step closer to reality. Have a look at Weill Cornell Medical College 3D CAVE.
Education – A study confirms that the communication and problem-solving skills of students have improved with the VR approach when compared to the traditional approach. CAVE generally finds utilization in engineering design projects and this enthralling approach augments student motivation as well as retention.
Automotive Industry – Simulation of collisions, driving conditions and weather has been made possible with VR CAVE. Designers are able to study different conditions and modify the machines before the prototype is even ready. This saves an enormous amount of money for any manufacturer. Check out this video of Renault using CAVE.
shARyo, an AR Car Visualizer App, developed by Plutomen presents all variants and customizations available to customers. Dassault has created CAVE in which viewers can see their virtual avatar driving a said car! Today, it is also possible to interact with your own graphical representation (avatar) through a CAVE.
How is a CAVE different from VR?
CAVE is one of the most enhanced stages of VR. However, speaking of difference, it lies in the setup - CAVE is a fully immersive, room-based VR environment which gives freedom of movement to users that cannot be provided by usual VR setups. While a CAVE is small in size, it can still manipulate the movement of the user – it can make you walk in circles, but the view would make you believe as if you’re walking in a straight line.
Plutomen has a knack of becoming an expert in emerging technologies. CAVE is another such technology which can revolutionize the fundamentals of many disciplines. With a deep understanding of VR and an extensive experience of its applications across industries, Plutomen carries the needed potential to develop CAVE for the aforementioned areas.
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