Virtual Reality Theatre
The Virtual Reality Theatre here at Swinburne is our main immersive visualisation facility and provides researchers with the ability to use 3D visualisation to analyse, interpret and explain complex 3D datasets.
The theatre plays an important multi-faceted role as a showcase of Swinburne capabilities in research and innovation, and as a high-profile venue for public outreach and education.
The Virtual Reality Theatre has been operating since 1999 and in that time has hosted over 35,000 people in more than 1,000 sessions. As a digital cinema production suite, the theatre was a crucial component of Swinburne’s contributions to the IMAX 3D production Hidden Universe.
The Virtual Reality Theatre’s hardware includes:
- Stereoscopic 3D Projection System, comprising two Hitachi CP-WU9410 projectors
- 4K Projection System, comprising a Sony VPL-VW1100ES projector
- Colloquium System, comprising Epson EB-4950 Projector and Echo360 capture
- Dolby 5.1 surround sound system
- The theatre space comprises a 5m wide (16:9) projection screen and four rows of tiered seating, with a maximum capacity of 56 people and is located in the Arts Building (AR) on the Hawthorn campus.
Swinburne Discovery Wall
Located in the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund Remote Observing Facility, the Swinburne Discovery Wall is a 100-Megapixel display, used for collaborative exploration and analysis of data. The Discovery Wall is a key component of the Remote Observing Facility, where it is used to support Swinburne’s astronomers as they access telescopes throughout Australia and around the world.
The Discovery Wall hardware comprises:
- 12 x Philips BDM4350UC 4K-UHD Monitors
- 6 x Lenovo ThinkStation P410 Mini Towers
- 6 x NVIDIA GTX1080 graphics cards