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Tim Wilson, Professor of Anatomy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario, describes his new 3D Virtual Reality Theatre as “the imagination tool of the millennium”.
Western’s new “anatorium” is the first of its kind in North America. The Western Faculty of Health Sciences is at the forefront of innovation into research and education in the Health Sciences and is committed to providing the best student experience among Canada’s research-intensive universities. The Labatt Health Sciences Building opened for classes on January 3, 2005, in part, due to a generous $5 million gift from Arthur and Sonia Labatt. An 80,000 square foot facility dedicated to Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences, the newest building contains a simulated hospital ward with eight beds and an ICU unit, a long-term health care unit, a 3D virtual Realty Theatre featuring Christie projectors, modern classrooms and laboratories and fully wired open spaces for students to enjoy.
Ground-breaking teaching 3D theatre
Recommended by Dynamix, of London, Ontario, Western had two Christie DS+5K 3-chip DLP® SXGA+ projectors installed for a rear-projection passive stereo solution for their ground-breaking teaching 3D theatre. Projecting onto a screen situated in a custom-designed lab, the projectors utilize AMIRA 3 software to support Wilson’s curriculum in a hands-on manner never experienced by students before. Last year, there were no labs offered in anatomy. This year, between 800-1200 students participate in the classes. The 3D lab features informal tables and chairs as well as stadium seats and benches - most of which are covered with plastic models of various anatomical parts. Full size skeletal models balance either side of the screen - but it’s the visual phenomenon on the screen that can be turned to any viewing angle that truly “deepens” the experience.