Our CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) is a room-sized, stereoscopic 3D projection system projected over three walls. Because it is three-walls (instead of six, which would be a fully immersive CAVE), this type of rooms are also called 'Caverns'. In our Cavern, the three projectors display high-resolution images through a mirrored system onto the three associated walls surrounding the viewer. A camera position tracking system tracks the viewer's location as well as head orientation real-time adapting the display perspective to it. Through additional means, it is also possible to track a viewer's wrists, ankles, hips etc., allowing various input functions to be mapped on the human viewer’s natural movements, and e.g., simulate walking or control an 'avatar'. This way, users can explore virtual worlds naturally by walking and interacting with your hands to manipulate objects. Altogether the CAVE delivers a highly interactive and immersive experience in virtual spaces. The GIVA CAVE is located at the University of Zurich's Irchel campus, in the Geography department (room Y25-J87, tel: +41446355237). The lab has been put into operation in Fall 2014.

Projection system on 3 Walls
3x NEC NP-U310W Projectors
Widescreen Ultrashort Throw
1 server - 2 client system
Resolution: native  1280x 800 pix
max 1600x 1200 pix
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
lamp type: 280W AC
Audio 10W speaker
Workstation: Boxx Apexx 4
Intel Core i74960x (3.6 Ghz)
16 GB RAM, x64 processor
Nvidia GeForce Quadro K6000
Windows 8.1 Pro
Software: Worldviz Vizard
PPT Camera Tracking software
Stereo Glasses Motion Tracker
Battery: 350mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery.
Maximum of 6 hours (with low intensity mode)
Intelligent sleep mode after 30sec
Active LED system
Shutter glasses
Amount: 10
radio frequency synchronization
Battery: up to 75 hours
Automatic power-off
Camera Position Tracking System
6 Cameras for optical tracking
Calibration Ring (in the closet)
control via PPT Camera Tracking Software
Wireless Interaction Wand 
LED System:
Passive & Active (PPT Marker ID)
Compatible with TrackD, VRPN, and 
WorldViz native PPT protocol
Battery endurance 8hrs 
Degrees of Freedom 6 (X, Y, Z, yaw, pitch, roll)
latency 20ms
Canvas specs
Screen height: 2702 mm
Screen width: 3000 mm
Projection: 3x 3120 mm (wide) x 1950 mm (tall)


The complex construction of the CAVE System consists of three screens (3.1 meters wide x 2.7 meters tall) and three associated ceiling mounted projectors.
Tracking System
Screenshot of the tracking system monitor, which displays the camera tracking of the shutter glasses (1) and of the wand control device (3) in real-time.