Johnson, R. (2010) UMC packs 3-D visuals into cutting-edge research lab GrandForksHerald, December 1

This is a report on the University of Minnesota-Crookston’s new virtual immersion lab, that enables the development of ‘walk-around’ 3D simulations that the participant can control or interact with.

One example of use: simulating emergency evacuation of a large sports stadium.

These ‘virtual immersive labs’ have been around for some time – Virginia Tech has been operating the CUBE since the late 1990s – but whereas in the past these were immensely expensive, the new technology used at UM-C is within the financial reach of many institutions. What now limits its use now is not so much cost but imaginative applications.



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