Ingevideo installed on the Living Lab UPM multimodal virtual reality room with two 3D projectors Christie Mirage DS + 6K-M, accessible to people who are wheelchairs, used to test and develop new applications of Ambient Intelligence.

Christie projectors in the CEI Moncloa

The Smart House Living Lab Campus of International Excellence Moncloa (CEI Moncloa), located in the vicinity of the School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSIT) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), has an advanced multimodal room virtual reality is adapted for people in wheelchairs. It is a cave two sides (wall and floor) equipped with two stereoscopic projectors Christie Mirage DS + 6K-M used to test and develop new applications of Ambient Intelligence.

This installation has been done by the company Inge Video, partner de Christie en España, y financiada a través de la convocatoria de equipamiento e infraestructuras del CEI Moncloa. “Hacía falta un proveedor que fuera capaz de gestionar la instalación e integración total de la sala, desde los proyectores y ordenadores hasta el sistema de realidad virtual, que nos ofreciera también los cursos de formación y que además tuviera oficinas en Madrid para que cuando fallara algo pudieran resolverlo enseguida”, explica Juan Bautista Montalvá, responsable del área de e-Inclusión del grupo LifeSTech.

La cueva está gestionada por el grupo de investigación Life Supporting Technologies (LifeSTech) de la UPM, dedicado al diseño, desarrollo y evaluación de servicios y aplicaciones basados en las TIC en el campo de la prevención, predicción y promoción de un estilo de vida saludable; la e-Salud y la e-Inclusión. Más concretamente, LifeStech diseña y desarrolla sistemas inteligentes para apoyar a los ciudadanos a tener una mejor calidad de vida.

La nueva sala de realidad virtual está conectada al Smart House Living Lab permitiendo a los usuarios interactuar en un mundo virtual conectado a un espacio real donde se pueden modelar distintos escenarios, como puede ser una casa accesible, una sala de operaciones, una oficina o una sala de coordinación de emergencias. Su finalidad es ofrecer un ambiente inteligente donde poder realizar pruebas de prototipos tecnológicos con usuarios en condiciones reales.

Occupying an area of ​​150 square meters, the Smart House Living Lab is fully equipped for daily life of anyone including people with disabilities, flexible design that allows you to monitor and experience the application of ICT to improve housing quality of life, especially in the health sector. In this environment, researchers and companies can analyze the acceptance by the user of the generated solutions as well as their degree of usability, while making an assessment of the feasibility of bringing the product to market.

Christie projectors in the CEI Moncloa

3D projection

For 3D projection, Ingevideo made a comparison between three brands of projectors, of which finally eligió a Christie "for the excellent price performance and security that has given us this brand over the years as to guarantee operation, care and support gives us a level of collaboration in all projects, "says Miguel Motos, director of Virtual Reality and Simulation Ingevideo.

La elección del modelo Christie Mirage DS+6k-M, con tecnología 3-chip DLP, resolución SXGA+ y 6.300 lúmenes ANSI, se basó sobre todo en el poco mantenimiento que requiere el proyector: “Es un aparato que no necesita un mantenimiento excesivo y gracias a su lámpara de mercurio hay un ahorro importante en consumibles. Además, la gama Mirage es un producto muy estable con un tamaño compacto, altas prestaciones y gran facilidad de uso y de instalación”, señala Motos.

The two projectors, working with a resolution of 1400 x 1050, using a system of mirrors to shorten the projection distance. The projector that shoots above ground is hanging on the ceiling, while the projected onto the front wall is behind it by rear projection. The useful surface of the screen is 250 x 187 cm and the aspect ratio is 4: 3.

Christie projectors in the CEI Moncloa

Virtual reality solution

As virtual reality software tool used Vizard WorldViz and as a workstation player HP Z800. 3D glasses are brand Volfoni EDGE 1.1+. For audio you are using surround sound speakers Logitech 3D stereo.

The virtual reality system also comprises a wireless headset HD (Head Mounted Display, HMD) brand Sensics and a pair of gloves 5DT. In addition a tracking system consists of eight infrared cameras WorldViz PPT-X that are within the cave and which serve to capture the movement of the person who is inside of it and generate the correct views to be used 3D visualization.

The virtual reality room incorporates a development that allows people in wheelchairs, whether motorized or manual use of the cave. It is a motion platform consisting of rollers, electronics and an interface that manage to move the movement of wheelchairs to the virtual world. This also allows 3D design environment accessible home for a disabled person.

Christie projectors in the CEI MoncloaWheelchair accessible

Este sistema para personas con movilidad reducida, desarrollado íntegramente por Ingevideo, consta de motores, electrónica analógica digital y software de WorldViz. “La verdad que ha sido un desarrollo que nos permite hacer cosas que eran impensables tiempo atrás”, asegura Juan Bautista Montalvá.

Miguel Motos, of Ingevideo, the greatest difficulty of the installation was performed installation in a small space: "The area where the cave is very small, so in addition to the system of mirrors to shorten the projection distance had to use special structures to place projectors, and in that sense the compact size of the Mirage helped immensely. Development platform for wheelchairs and their integration with the rest of the system was also a very complex challenge that could solve ".


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By • 28 Apr, 2014
• Section: Audio, Study cases, OUTSTANDING, Display, Training, Projection, Augmented reality, Simulation