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Mechdyne Corporation licenses hybrid reality environment

Mechdyne Corporation announced that it has licensed the CAVE2 hybrid reality environment developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at University of Illinois at Chicago. The licensing agreement was signed in January of 2013, and continues the strong working relationship that began in 1994 when Mechdyne licensed the EVL-designed original CAVE technology.

The term CAVE is an acronym for CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment and also a reference to “The Simile of the Cave” in Plato’s Republic, in which the philosopher explored the concepts of perception, reality and illusion.

The CAVE2 system provides a near-seamless, 320 degree, panoramic 2D/3D environment that supports information-rich analysis with stunning immersive visuals.”Although the CAVE2 advanced virtual reality technology is a next generation system, many of the legacy CAVE applications can be integrated into the CAVE2 system,” said Kurt Hoffmeister, VP of Engineering and Product Development for Mechdyne.

“With Mechdyne as an integrator of the CAVE2 design, we can point our collaborators who are interested in incorporating the CAVE2 technology to Mechdyne,” said Jason Leigh, Director of the EVL and Professor of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago. “This enables our colleagues to receive a top-notch product with full technical support from Mechdyne.” A key feature of the CAVE2 design is the use of 3D capable LCD flat panel screens rather than rear projection, which enables more efficient use of facility space, compared to previous generation CAVE technology.

“The CAVE2 design also accommodates off-axis vertical viewing angles, eliminating any 3D ghosting at the top or bottom of the large viewing area,” Hoffmeister said.

Visit for more information about CAVE2 technologies from Mechdyne.

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