New virtual reality lab offers research, educational potential.

virtual-realityUC Santa Cruz’s new “CAVE Lab” creates a three-dimensional virtual reality in which users can interact, opening new possibilities for research and education, says the university.

The system, called a Cave Automatic Virtual Environment, takes up an entire room in a UCSC engineering building. Multiple high-resolution projections of images at slightly different angles create impressions of depth and solidity, and a sense of presence in a virtual space.

Sri Kurniawan, associate professor of computational media and computer engineering, said the lab has applications in fields such...

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