Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has become an important tool in science, engineering, architecture, city planning, the arts, and many other fields. By converting large, complex data sets into 3-dimensional, interactive digital environments, virtual reality offers the opportunity to observe, navigate, and manipulate objects and virtual spaces in ways that are impossible in the physical world. The approach can facilitate scientific discovery, enable the development of better products, or produce new kinds of insights and experiences.

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VR tools and facilities

HLRS is home both to powerful supercomputers and a remarkable visualization infrastructure that are integrated in ways that make it possible to experience extremely complex simulations in virtual reality. Software developed at HLRS transforms data into dynamic projections. Wearing 3D glasses or head-mounted displays, users of our facilities and other tools can meet in groups to discuss and analyze results collaboratively.

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Wearing 3D glasses, users can step inside simulations in this 3x3 meter room. Using a wand, it is possible to move through the virtual space and magnify small details.

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Collaboration in virtual reality

When face-to-face meetings in the CAVE are not possible, software developed at HLRS enables persons in different physical locations to meet and discuss simulations in virtual reality from their workplaces or home offices.

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Flat screen display

Our high-resolution tiled display comprises nine professional 3D displays (total of 3.6 m x 2.0 m with a resolution of 5760 x 3240 pixels per inch). The display is integrated with stereoscopic display systems, tracking systems, and cameras, and can be integrated with tools for virtual collaborative working environments. The system is controlled using an ART Trackpack optical tracking system.

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Driving simulator

Based on the frame of a real Porsche car, HLRS's driving simulator is connected to the CAVE visualization facility. It is integrated with a custom designed, open source software framework that includes HIL vehicle, traffic, and accident simulation. The driving simulator is highly responsive, offering an immersive driving experience that includes haptic feedback.