Yes, even you can afford Virtual Reality

This NY Times article from back in January takes a look at some of the ways people are creating Virtual Reality setups without having to spend a million dollars to do it. Although the article is focused on VR for artists, a number of geographers and others interested in geovisualization have been doing work involving the use of VR in geographic research. One of the initiatives highlighted is Canvas a collaborative project from the University of Illinois, where the well-known CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) system was developed. Now, for about $1000 per projector (with a minimum of 2 required), $300 for polarizing filters, (and whatever you can afford to spend on a good desktop, rear projection screens, stereo glasses, or even datagloves), you can have your own VR setup for teaching, art work, or research. The Canvas program offers a free software program called Syzygy to run the VR. So, if you’ve always wanted to try out VR, and you have a few thousand dollars lying around, go for it!
Via Trends

Update: One of our readers pointed out that the Geowall Consortium is another resource to help you put together a relatively inexpensive VR setup for scientific visualization.

One Comment to Yes, even you can afford Virtual Reality

  1. The Geowall Consortium has been doing this kind of work for years now:

    http://www.geowall.org

    The site contains extensive lists of hardware and software, HOWTOs, applications, visualizations, etc.. MicroDEM (my favorite 3D visualization freeware) has the built-in capability to create Geowall-compatible 3D draped terrain views for Polarview,Immersaview and Walkabout.

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