Friday, August 15, 2008
In collaboration with ADSIP (Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre) at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston UK MellaniuM has successfully employed the CAVEUT software ( kindly supplied and supported by Jeffrey Jacobson of PublicVr) with their realistic, virtual environments. The potential applications for a combination of high polygon, accurately dimensioned modelling with scaled photorealistic textures could be enormous in fields as diverse as archaeology and engineering. It has also been reported by the University of Teeside "Intelligent Virtual Environments" group that the CAVEUT is capable of stereoscopic 3D simulations which, in combination with high resolution environments would realise a quantum level increase in immersion possibilities.
MellaniuM has been videostreaming through SKYPE live walkthroughs of their high quality 3D renderings in the UNREAL 2.5 platform for over two years now and interest is certainly in more than just a germination stage as blogged by Roland Legrand who made the simple but telling enquiry "The first question : what is the purpose of this all?"
However the limited bandwidth of the Skype presentations does little justice to the actual overall experience of the MellaniuM application with the smooth transitioning through the environments as viewed on a high resolution monitor.
In addition we have recently been notified that our short paper submission "On Rendering 3D Archaeological Visualisations" to the VSMM 2008 conference in Cyprus October 20th - 26th has been accepted for presentation. This short paper will be combined with a poster exhibit and a showcase comprising networked computers allowing for the avatar interaction in the archaeological 3D interpretations. Please feel free to contact me over Skype for a personal view of our realistic virtual worlds and a copy of our paper. (joe133952)
The paper will be illustrated with a pronounced absence of Powerpoint slides but a live walkthrough of the "Theatre of Pompey" which has recently been imported into the UNREAL platform. The 3D static meshes and texture files were kindly supplied by the KVL ( King's Visualisation Lab) King's College, London UK. The historical significance of this environment cannot be overstated as few people realise that Julius Caesar was brutally murdered on the very steps of this theatre on the ides of March 44 B.C.
To get to the entire point of this blog post MellaniuM is announcing that a workshop at ADSIP, UCLAN using the EONREALITY multi-wall immersive system with the CAVEUT software modification of the UNREAL 2.5 platform to illustrate and discuss the potential applications of the virtual real world concept is being arranged (by invitation only) and if you feel that you would be interested in attending we would be more than happy to extend an invitation. The date for this workshop will be announced imminently but will probably be early in 2009. Please forward your e-mail request to ken.rigby at mellanium.com