VIETNAM – (July 27, 2005) – Christie, a leading provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, announced it has installed a Virtual Environment system in the first Virtual Reality (VR) laboratory in Vietnam. This project is a collaboration between the Singapore-based Centre for Advanced Media and Technology (CAMTech) at the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and the Hanoi-based Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) at the Institute of Information Technology (IOIT). The joint venture, the first of its kind, promises to spark off an on-going collaborative research effort between the two institutions.
A key research lab, the US$3-million facility is part of an initiative undertaken by the Vietnamese government to develop the country’s science, technology, agriculture and biology sectors. It should also boost the Vietnamese IT sector.
Equipped with the most advanced VR technology, the laboratory is poised to become a state-of-the-art platform for local VR research and teaching. For example, it enables VAST to capture the growing demand for advanced VR technology, and showcase some of Vietnam’s rich cultural and oceanographic heritage.
Forming the core of the VR display system at IOIT is the Christie Mirage series projector. Piped in via a PC image generator, the graphics interactivity is controlled by an incorporated sophisticated tracking device. Users can view the projected stereoscopic 3D images on a 150” screen using active shutter glasses. Besides a fixed demonstration display room, IOIT also uses two Christie Montage LX37 passive projection systems, single-stacked to project onto a 120” portable screen and viewed using passive eyewear. This system is used for mobile events that require presentations in 3D.
Associate Professor Dr Le Hai Khoi, the Director of IOIT, says that the IOIT Virtual Reality Laboratory is part of Vietnam’s National Key Lab on Network Technology and Multimedia, and represents a major thrust for Vietnam in IT research.
Associate Professor Dr Wolfgang Mueller-Wittig, Director of CAMTech, sees a huge potential in the IOIT VR Lab to further establish ties between the partners, and successively conduct joint R&D projects in the fields of VR, which address for example, cultural heritage, edutainment, and engineering.
“This collaboration clearly displays the strong partnership between NTU and Christie,” comments Jonathan Lim, Regional Sales Manager, Visual Environments Portfolio, Christie. We have a long-standing relationship with client-turned-partner NTU and it’s this synergy that endorses our value-added turnkey solution for the VR market.”
The IOIT Virtual Reality Laboratory officially opened on May 17, 2005.
Christie designs, builds and installs customized visual solutions to meet the most exacting visual requirements of organizations within energy, military training and simulation, manufacturing and design, pharmaceutical, aerospace, government agencies, and entertainment sectors. Christie sets the benchmark for high performance DLP projection systems used in 3D stereo, Virtual Reality, as well as simulation environments. Christie’s unique DLP-based solutions, innovative structures and simulation solutions are found in major corporations such as Airbus Industries, Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, Fraunhofer Institute, Italian Army, Los Alamos National Laboratories, NASA, Shell, Taiwan Air Force and the University of Illinois, Urbana. For more information about Christie and its diverse array of visual environments solutions, visit www.christiedigital.com.
In 1998 the Centre for Advanced Media Technology (CAMTech) was established as a joint research and development centre by two founding partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD) Darmstadt, Germany, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. CAMTech has been established to conduct research and development activities that concentrate primarily on the broad technology area of advanced media, focusing on the key technologies of real time rendering, Virtual and Augmented Reality. CAMTech plays the unique role of bridging and integrating both scientific academic research and the rigorous demands of the industry market. The centre focuses on applied R&D projects that are relevant and synergise with the immediate and future needs of Germany, Singapore, and the Asian region. Through CAMTech’s close collaboration with the International Network of Institutions for Computer Graphics (the INI-GraphicsNet), the centre has gained leverage and instant access to many years of R&D effort and leading-edge technology in the area of VR, AR and related fields.