Sunday May 20, 2018

CEWIT Unveils #VirtualReality Holodeck

CEWIT’s Reality Deck

The Reality Deck at Long Island’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) enables scientists to visualize Big Data.  “It’s the largest resolution display in the world,” said Arie Kaufman, CEWIT’s chief scientist. Centered at Stony Brook University, the giant immersive room is lined with 416 Samsung LDC displays with an eye-popping resolution of 1.5 billion pixels. Its NaturalPoint tracking system is paired with a user-carried Microsoft Pixelsense tablet. Together, they adjust the image as viewers walk around the room. Viewers zoom by stepping closer, and stepping back yields a panoramic view. Funded by a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation and a $600,000 grant from the university, the facility can incorporate satellite imaging, climate modeling, astronomical applications and crime modeling. Stony Brook’s Provost Dennis Assanis told Gizmodo, “It’s a virtual reality deck on steroids.”