Brunel University – Immersive 360° 3D Projection Dome

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Inspire is a new cutting-edge teaching and learning facility at Brunel University London that inspires and engages children in science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM).


One of the crown jewels is the Immerse zone which features a 360° 3D projection dome to transport audiences to the edge of the Universe, inside the human body and beyond.

This Fulldome environment uses multiple projectors seamlessly blended together to form a perfect hemisphere where students can enjoy a shared virtual reality like immersive experience that fills the peripheral vision and jumps off the screen.

Project Features
The Dome Solution
The Result
Project Features
  • BenQ LU9235 WUXGA

  • Screenberry media server
  • Front Pictures N-pressure 8m dome

  • Xpand X106 3D glasses

  • Datapath Fx4 video wall controllers

  • Magewell Pro capture HDMI 4K Plus

  • PulseEight neo:Ultra HDMI Extender

  • Kramer CLS−AOCH/XL active fibre cable

  • QSYS core 110F and CXD8.4QN amplifier

  • Ecler Arqis 5.1 Speaker System

The Dome Solution

This Fulldome environment uses multiple projectors seamlessly blended together to form a perfect hemisphere where students can enjoy a shared virtual reality like immersive experience that fills the peripheral vision and jumps off the screen.

At the domes heart is a single Screenberry media server that drives and auto-aligns 8 x BenQ LU9235 WUXGA laser projectors to create a 4k x 4k 3D 60fps display. It is the first 3D dome in the UK to utilise laser phosphor light source projectors. The BenQ projectors give the perfect balance of brightness, quality and cost. The latest generation of active 3D glasses from Xpand Vision, the X106 are used to minimise light-loss and give the best eye-popping 3D effect.

The Screenberry media server provides high resolution and frame rate 3D video playback along with a suite of real-time applications that allow simulation of the night sky and solar system, music visualisers, immersive presentation tools and interactive games. An SDK is available to encourage students and researchers to create their own native applications for visualisation and interactive group collaboration.

The dome is loaded with award-winning Fulldome educational films from NSC Creative that utilise the built in DRM of the Screenberry server to allow flexible licensing options such as pay-per-view.

Where a fulldome application or content already exists the dome can be used as a giant second screen that users can plugin to via a simple HDMI2.0 UHD video capture port for ultimate flexibility. The dome system can be controlled wirelessly via an iPad or Laptop using optimised applications.

The 8m diameter negative pressure dome is manufactured by Front Pictures and provides a high-quality but cost-effective solution, especially when compared to a perforated aluminium dome. The Kyiv-based company was also responsible for the optical layout and software commissioning of the DX8 system

The Result

The client was highly appreciative of Reflex’s and NSC Creatives installation, as Michelle Evans, Head of INSPIRE, STEAM Learning Centre, comments:

“We have a state-of-art immersive visualisation and learning tool with material for all ages. What is great about this project is that the design has looked beyond the technology and considered the audience experience. With the fabulous design of this system we are thrilled to have this dome and excited to be able inspire the next generation of big thinkers and makers for generations to come”

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Immersive 360° 3D Dome at Brunel University London

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