The equipment can be used for large, three-dimensional presentations, data research, product design reviews, and geophysical exploration. Students and researchers can use “the cave” to literally surround themselves with data, sifting through millions of tweets on Twitter, for example, and visually clustering them by topic. Arkansas companies can use the cave to show clients a 3D computer version of a product before it’s even built.

“The ‘cave’ is simply a totally immersive 3D environment,” Wood said. “It’s designed in such a way that you can essentially stand inside the data.”

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.