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)

3dRudder Foot Motion Controller

VR Devices Compatibility:
HTC Vive, Oculus Rift / S, Pico Neo / 2, Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality etc.

Size: 34 x 34 x 7,2 cm

Weight: 2.7 kg




PPT Studio

Experiments in Virtual Environments (EVE)

World Vizard


CAVE Projection System
Cave Tracking System
Using wireless interaction wand to interact with virtual environments
CAVE Cameras
CAVE interactive foot motion controller