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An open source framework for CAVE automatic virtual environments

Flynn, Carl (2014) An open source framework for CAVE automatic virtual environments. Master of Engineering thesis, Dublin City University.

A CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) is a 3D interactive environment that enables a user to be fully immersed in a virtual world and offers a unique way to visualise and interact with digital information. The primary goal of this thesis is to report on the development of a new open source CAVE software framework that provides greater access to both professional and amateur CAVE environments to users of all levels. In the first part of this thesis, the history and evolution of virtual environments as well as the generic affordances of the modern day CAVE are characterised. This is followed by a detailed discussion of the factors that influence immersion, the different methods and devices of interaction, and a small project to develop a CAVE specific interaction device is described. In the second part of this thesis, the focus is on novel work to develop a new open source platform for CAVE environments and the implementation of this platform in the visualisation of real-world sensor data. This data is collected from a range of residential and educational buildings across a local community and is used in support of an ongoing ‘smart energy’ project which is also described in detail. In conclusion, this thesis argues that through the development of new, easy-to-use, open source software and the ongoing reduction in key hardware technology costs, CAVE environments can be an effective and affordable visualisation tool for both experienced and novice users. The CAVE environment need no longer remain the sole preserve of well-funded educational and business organisations. Rather, through technology innovations such as proposed in this work, the era of the much vaunted low-cost CAVE is ‘virtually’ upon us.
Item Type:Thesis (Master of Engineering)
Date of Award:November 2014
Supervisor(s):O'Connor, Noel E. and Lee, Hyowon
Uncontrolled Keywords:Automatic virtual environments
Subjects:Computer Science > Visualization
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Electronic Engineering
Research Institutes and Centres > INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20168
Deposited On:26 Nov 2014 11:26 by Noel Edward O'connor . Last Modified 08 Dec 2023 15:20

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