The VisionSpace is the HIT Lab NZ's Virtual Reality and Visualization facility that enables end-users to view and intuitively interact with 3D virtual data in real-time. The VisionSpace Centre is housed in the HIT Lab NZ, at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. The VisionSpace facility can be used for research purposes (user studies, prototypes, applications), development, reviews or any academics or industrial projects. The VisionSpace Centre is a HIT Lab NZ initiative, built with support from the Tertiary Education Commission’s Innovation and Development Fund grant.
The VisionSpace facility includes 4 mains environments:
The HIT Lab NZ is one of the most equipped labs in the world for doing AR and MR Research. The lab owns a large range of HMDs (Sony, E-Magin, etc), alternative display technologies (MagicBook Handheld, Sony Vaio UMPC, mobile phones), electronic equipment (Arduino Boards, Proprietary Microcontroller Boards) or different tracking technologies (Intersense Inertia Cube3, GPS, Wii, etc).
Favoring the usage of Computer Vision for AR tracking, the lab offers a large variety and range of cameras: off the shelf webcams (USB, USB2), PtGrey Firewire camera, semi-professional DV/HDV cameras or stereo camera systems (Pointgrey BumbleBee, etc).
VR Research is supported largely by the VisionSpace and the usage of the complimentary Lab Room environment (hybrid collaborative environment, like integrating a video avatar into a 3D world). Additionally, different video projectors (NEC Visual System WT600, HP Digital Projector xb31, Depth Q 3D Projector, Dell 5100MP), 3D devices (Space Navigator, Space SpaceTraveler, Space Explorer) or other tracking systems (MotionStar, ART Tracker, Intersense, HiBall Tracker, TrackIR, Flock of Birds) are available.
The lab is also equipped for multitouch tabletop/screen research (like with NextWindow touchscreen technology), CSCW research:
The HIT Lab NZ has also a large list of professional development and research software available. The HIT Lab NZ is using largely open-source libraries and software that can be accessed by students during their research work on any platform (e.g. ARToolKit, Python, Processing, Blender, etc). Complimentary, we have at our availability a large number of commercial and high quality tools like:
Finally, the multi-disciplinary team of the lab (electronics, psychology, computer science) will provide full and broad support during the development of any of your projects!