MUNICH, Germany–The University of Applied Sciences at Furtwangen recently initiated its decision to create a virtual reality laboratory in which Media Lab students could create real-world strategies in a three dimensional environment.

Innovative for its use of current technology to create an engaging virtual reality, the laboratory offers a training and experimental environment in which all possible facets of a project may be explored before students proceed with the best solution.

Implemented by SDI GmbH in Munich, the lab uses strategically placed high definition video projection supplemented by wave field synthesis loudspeakers located around the circumference of the lab. Connectivity equipment supplied by Gefen ensured the delivery of high definition visuals with no latency period.

"The technical basis for the visual distribution is the use of six projectors located in a hinged installation, each beaming high definition images on a massive rear projection screen," explained Thorsten Goecke, SDI product manager. "By polarizing the various projections, the presentation appears absolutely three-dimensional as life-size imagery flashes across the screen."

To distribute the data required for high definition video, SDI relied on an assortment of Gefen HDTV extenders and splitters to deliver simultaneous imagery throughout the lab. Gefen´s fiber optics cabling was installed to ensure an unadulterated distribution of all video signals.

To compliment the video, SDI installed loudspeakers in circumferential alignment, conveying an auditory authenticity for research and teaching at the highest level.

A high resolution image of the Media Lab is located here: http://forum.gefen.com/linda/IMG-Furtwangen.jpg

About SDI GmbH:

Success through competence–this is SDI. Based in Munich, Germany, this media-technology company is engaged in the planning, projection and realization of audio/video production and television studios, as well as miscellaneous media and technical facilities. SDI also distributes high-quality equipment and all modules of audio and video technology. Central to SDI´s success is its knowledge and competence amassed from more than 15 years of experience. In the technically selective area of a/v systems, this is the basis for all successful implementations. For further information please visit www.sdi-munich.de.

About Gefen:

Gefen delivers professional quality audio/video solutions with multi-platform extension, integration, distribution and conversion capabilities. Gefen equipment is valued all over the world in professional AV/IT and consumer electronics/home theater environments. Their add-on hardware maximizes system functionality by enabling AV systems to operate beyond their original capabilities. A selection of high quality cabling is also available. Visit www.gefen.com for detailed product information.

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