Virtalis first off the mark with Christie Mirage WU7
VIRTALIS has ordered the first Christie Mirage WU7 3D active stereo projectors in Europe as part of a £1.5m contract issued by The University of Northampton.
Virtalis Technology Director, Andrew Connell, confirms that the Virtual Reality (VR) specialists had also been first in line for the original Mirage SXGA projectors when they were first released. The arrival of the new WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution devices could not have come at a better time, he said.
One WU7 has already been installed in the Virtalis ActiveWall system in the University’s Development Suite, which will enable technicians to familiarise themselves with the technology prior to the commissioning of the new ActiveCube later this Spring. This contract will also contain multiples of the WU7, along with Christie Mirage HD12K projectors.
“The WU7 is a useful incremental improvement to what is a very well-understood product — it’s a platform we know and trust,” continued Andrew Connell. “For immersive systems the WU7 is great. When you want to stand in front of an image and interact with your own body, the WU7 is perfect as it delivers a full-length, floor-to-ceiling image without the width. For single-channel systems we foresee a lot of people going for this option, just to get that extra height.”
The Christie Mirage WU7 enables a new level of compatibility with computers and infrastructure that supports active stereo, up to 120Hz output, due to unique image processing technology from up to 60Hz input, without requiring super bandwidth DVI or Analogue infrastructure.
Since a lot of content is still not designed for wide-screen, the Virtalis director was particularly impressed that WUXGA conforms to a resolution of 1920 x1200 pixels with an aspect ratio of 16:10, allowing it to integrate perfectly with computer laptops. With an increased field of view and a more optimal aspect ratio for greater choice and installation flexibility, the Christie Mirage WU7 offers 6,600 ANSI lumens, the highest contrast, excellent colour, brightness uniformity control capability, low maintenance, a full suite of specifically-designed lenses and optional Christie Twist™ module for internal image warping and edge-blending. Fitted with a 0.67:1 wide angle lens the existing WU7 operates in the University’s Development Suite in a fully immersive, wireless tracked Virtalis ActiveWall system behind a 2.15m tall x 3.4m wide display.
The £1.5 million equipment order has been transported to the University’s new, NVision Centre at the newly-acquired Grade II-listed Newton Building (formerly known as Kingsley Park). The site is also home to to the University’s School of Science and Technology and the East Midlands Non Destructive Testing Centre. The NVision Centre has been made possible due to £3m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with further financial support from East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) and Northamptonshire Enterprise Ltd.
The NVision facility will enable the University to create a unique centre to provide companies across the East Midlands with an immersive three dimensional visualisation resource to support the design of new products and to visualise data.