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“A Marvel of Visual Technology?

Christie has designed and built one of the world’s largest HD virtual reality CAVE™ systems for the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM). A fiberglass, superstructure custom-engineered by Christie, the CAVE delivers seamlessly blended, high-definition images on five integrated screens (or walls) using 16 Christie Mirage HD6 stereoscopic DLP® projectors that supply 32 million pixels of resolution. As the primary display system integrator, Christie provided a turnkey solution that included display system design engineering, project management, implementation of all audio-visual controls and automations, fabrication, shipping, installation, hardware integration and training on all Christie supplied equipment.

Christie was employed to satisfy the challenging requirements put forth by the system architect, Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (PSUARL), for delivery to JFCOM in Suffolk, Va.
Christie designed the display system to offer USJFCOM the cutting-edge technology it needs to investigate, develop, test, evaluate and report its findings on the joint intelligence products and capabilities of U.S. forces worldwide. The 5-sided system with 750 sq. ft. (69.7 m2) of projection surface will also demonstrate the value of immersive technology and act as a showcase for a wide range of military applications.

Joint Transformation Command – Intelligence (JTC-I), a subordinate command of USJFCOM, is dedicated to seeking technology that enables our diverse global military personnel to operate at peak efficiency,? said Lt Colonel William Robinson, Director of Intelligence Experimentation.
“The sophisticated virtual reality environment is a marvel of visual technology that will better enable us to converge and integrate our intelligence capabilities, improve joint war engagements, and provide a measurable return on our investment.?

The superstructure consists of two side walls measuring 10’ by 10’ (3m x 3m), as well as front/back walls and a walk-on floor each measuring more than 18’ by 10’ (5.5m x 3m). One of the unique features of this installation is the entrance. It consists of an electro-pneumatic operated horizontally sliding back door, one of the largest of its kind to be fully automated. It opens and closes at the touch of a button, effortlessly sliding the door out and along the entire 18.5’ length of the CAVE™. An AMX control system handles the push button door operation and control, projectors, switching and audio control.

The high-resolution projectors feature Christie Twist™ image warping and edge-blending software for consistent performance at peak operation. The CAVE™ has a footprint of 48’ x 22’ (14.6m x 6.7m) and is supported by a single superstructure that is free-standing and independent from the building’s facility. This design simplifies facility integration and stabilizes the system during normal building movement, which can affect image quality. In addition, the fiber optic switching system uses 144 x 144 DVI inputs and outputs, allowing USJFCOM to securely display sensitive data sets.

“Virtual reality environments present extraordinary challenges that require new and innovative approaches to design integration that push the boundaries of visual technology,? noted Zoran Veselic, vice-president, Visual Environments at Christie. “Christie is proud to provide USJFCOM with the world’s best visualization system, delivering the cutting-edge tools it needs to conduct its mission.?

The United States Joint Forces Command provides mission-ready joint-capable forces and supports the development and integration of joint, interagency, and multinational capabilities to meet the present and future operational needs of the joint force. USJFCOM with its component commands will respond to combatant commanders’ operational requirements by providing timely and mission-ready joint capabilities. To accomplish this USJFCOM will become a harmonized force made up of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians who excel at joint war fighting.

About Penn State Applied Research Laboratory
Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (PSUARL) is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a university center of excellence in Defense science and technologies. As a DoD-designated UARC (University Affiliated Research Center), ARL maintains a long-term strategic relationship with the DoD, performing basic and applied research, exploratory development, and advanced development in support of military program sponsors.

About Christie®
Christie®, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. With the acquisition of Vista Controls Systems, Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3-D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments.

Christie® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
CAVE™ is a trademark of the University of Illinois. All references above to “CAVE? are references to the trademark “CAVE™?.
DLP® is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments, Inc.
Christie Twist™ is a trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.


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