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CAVE2 Virtual Environment (Image 12)

January 11, 2013
The CAVE2™ system is a next-generation, large-scale, virtual environment--a room in which images are seamlessly displayed so as to immerse an observer in a cyber world of 3-D data. To show medical illustrators and educators the value of virtual reality for medical training, Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) director Jason Leigh and research assistant and computer science Ph.D. student Alessandro Febretti mocked up a 3-D skeleton complete with body organs including the heart, lungs, and intestines, that students can manipulate on the walls of the CAVE2 system. Datasets were made publicly available on the Web. Another EVL student lies on a bench in front of the walls for added effect. EVL OmegaLib software was used to display the 3-D model in the CAVE2 system. EVL is located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This research is supported by a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The award, "MRI-R2: Development of the Next-generation CAVE Virtual Environment (NG-CAVE)" (grant CNS 09-59053), is under the direction of Andrew E. Johnson, Jason Leigh, Maxine D. Brown and Tom Peterka, May 2010 to April 2013. You can learn more about research in the CAVE2 system in NSF press release 12-228, State-of-the-Art Virtual Reality System Is Key to Medical Discovery. Or visit the EVL website Here. (Date of Image: 2012) Credit: Photo by Lance Long; courtesy Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago