University thinks outside the square for UAV research and opts for SimRoom

15 Feb 2014

SimRoom was established in 2007. From Day 1 it was our intent to address the Aerospace sector.  I’ll digress for a moment. Driving controls have progressed to a wide choice from the early Logitech wheel and two pedal unit. SimRoom now supports a range of leading brands and custom made controls. The experience, with the progression of driving software, along with D-BOX motion is at a new user level. One element missing, in our opinion, was the screen technology. Flat screens have got bigger, cheaper but are still flat. The world is not seen by the human eye as flat. SimRoom has been researching a range of visual technologies such as curved screens, head mounted displays (HDM’s) and retina projection for the last six years. 

Mid last year, as a result of being at Avalon 2013 (aerospace show) in Melbourne, came the approach to design a university grade research system for unmanned and manned aircraft. Dr Reece Clothier, Deputy Director, Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Centre, RMIT University, Melbourne said;

“The RMIT consulted with SimRoom to get an alternative view of simulation. The military type suppliers were coming from a top down view, "we have it, so it must be best". The ex DARPA RMIT Professor took the view that gaming was providing an expansive, open, well funded technology base. Given our prestigious client base, global systems experience and ability to innovate we were given the latitude to design the simulation and realtime / real world interfaces.”  

Over the next period we will show you the results of the integration of our new Aero-FX fixed and rotor wing controls matched with curved screen technology which is relevant to flying, driving and advanced commercial multi-media audio visual solutions.

The system design took two months. We will go into the specific capabilities in a set of ongoing articles. Lets take a look at the screen blending and warping test results and also a UAV training application installed. Over the next period we will show you the build and more results.

The RMIT system is a Windows based 8 Core CPU, 32Gb system memory with dual 3GB GPU’s. The viewing screen size is 1.87m (73.6”) x 7.4m (291”), 3.7m (146”) diameter continuous single surface wrapping around 230 degrees. The native resolution of the three Optoma projectors is 1280 x 800 pixels per projector. The overall system is 4.5m (185”) x 3.5m (137”). System cabinets on the left and right are positioned behind the backlit optical plexiglass light boxes. The raised floor and cabinetry is a rare oak from Persia grown in New Zealand.

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