CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment

Origins

CAVE is a recursive acronym that stands for CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment. The CAVE is a projection-based VR display that was developed at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It premeried at the SIGGRAPH 1992 conference.

CAVE Key Facts

– 1992: Developed at EVL at University of Illinois
– 1994: Second CAVE at NCSA at University of Illinois
– 2000: Members of Vis Group at NCSA founded Visbox, Inc.

Benefits

The CAVE was developed to overcome many of the limitations of head-mounted displays (HMDs), especially for scientific and engineering applications. The CAVE makes use of large, fixed screens more distant from the viewer. This minimizes the encumbrances carried or worn by users and allows multiple people to share the VR experience. The result is a room-sized immersive 3D visualization system that allows users to collaboratively examine and manipulate complex 3D models with natural interaction and human 1-to-1 scale. Read more about CAVE vs HMD

Applications

The second CAVE was built at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in 1994. The NCSA CAVE was a testbed for applying this new technology to scientific and engineering applications. The Visualization and Virtual Environments group at NCSA developed custom CAVE tools to help researchers better visualize their data. Read more about CAVE Applications

Visbox, Inc.

Members of that Vis Group at NCSA founded Visbox in 2000 to provide CAVE systems that are more affordable and easier to use. The original CAVE made use of expensive Silicon Graphics (SGI) computers and analog CRT projectors that were difficult to maintain. Visbox’s VisCube CAVE systems feature the newest in digital projection and PC workstation graphics hardware.

VisCube CAVE Solutions

The VisCube™ is an affordable high performance CAVE immersive virtual reality system. The standard configuration features three large rear-projection walls and a front projected floor. The VisCube can be configured as a turn-key immersive virtual reality system, complete with a tracking system and graphics workstation. The VR software environment is based on industry standards. The system is pre-configured for use with common VR libraries such as vrJuggler and FreeVR. Read more about CAVE Applications.

Custom Solutions

In addition to the standard VisCube models, we are available for custom hardware development for customers with special needs. See the Services page for more information.

VisCube C1, C2

Low cost VR systems
Fits under 9′ ceiling
Wall or wall+floor, 12′ wide
1920×1200 or 2560×1600
3D active stereo

VisCube C4-X

VisCube C4-X   NEW!

Affordable CAVE VR system
Ultra compact, 10′ tall
3 walls + floor, 12′ front wall
2560×1600 projectors
3D active stereo

VisCube C4-T4

VisCube C4-T4

Ultra resolution CAVE
Fits under 9′ ceiling
3 walls+floor, 12′ wide front wall
3456×2160 front, cropped sides
3D active stereo

VisCube C4

VisCube C4

Affordable CAVE VR system
Fits under 9′ ceiling
3 walls + floor, 12′ front wall
1920×1200 or 2560×1600
3D active stereo

VisCube C4-T2

VisCube C4-T2

Tall and high resolution CAVE
Requires 11.5′ ceiling height
3 walls+floor, 10′ x 10′ walls
1920×1920 per surface
3D passive stereo

VisCube C4-4K

VisCube C4-4K   NEW!

Ultra resolution CAVE
Requires 10′ ceiling height
3 walls+floor, 14.25′ front wall
4096×2160 front, cropped sides
3D active stereo