The Virtual Spaces project is an attempt to meld several creative technologies into environments that allow immersive exploration by users. A primary aspect of the project is the use of Panoramic Photography, a technique for capturing scenes with 360 degrees of view-ability. Over the years, Sensory Research has experimented with this technique in both indoor and outdoor settings. The resulting images are converted into Quicktime VR movies that viewers can navigate in a complete sphere. These interactive movies, and Virtual Reality technologies in general, are useful not only for entertainment, but for communication, education and creativity.
Another aspect of the project involves the use of computer data devices to augment user navigation through the VR environments. Recently, we've been focused on developing software for the P5 Glove from Essential Reality. The P5 is a lightweight data input device that can be programmed for specific needs. Sensory Research has designed P5 software using the Java, LISP and MAX programming languages.
For this particular exhibit, we've created QTVR movies that represent landmarks in the Ann Arbor area and abroad. Guests can simply put on the glove, select a movie and explore the environment using basic hand gestures. Instructions on using the software and glove can be found here.
Images of the Gallery
QTVR of the Gallery