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