The Cube

Unique in the world, the Cube is a four-story-high, state-of-the-art theatre and high tech laboratory that serves multiple platforms of creative practice by faculty, students, and national and international guest artists and researchers. The Cube is a highly adaptable space for research and experimentation in big data exploration, immersive environments, intimate performances, audio and visual installations, and experiential investigations of all types. This facility is shared between ICAT and the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.

Highlights

First of its kind, full-scale (50’w x 40’l x 32’h), $15M data exploration facility

Response to the U.S. initiative on “big data”

Unlike traditional virtual environments, this collaborative research environment for augmented team exploration (CREATE) enables multi-person (social) collaboration with data

Capabilities

Augmented reality (head-mounted display and tablet interaction interface)

Wave field synthesis and holosonic sound display interaction

Synchronized data capture, including Information Retrieval motion capture, audio/video, physiological, and interaction signals

Real-time audio/visual rendering system

Applications

High-performance computing

Real-time interaction research

Virtual vs. real world investigations

Human performance modeling and studies

Distributed gaming and social environments

Multi-person “walk-through” of virtual buildings and environments

Education and training in full-scale virtual environments

Artistic installations/performances using multi-screen display and a 128-speaker system

Abstract data interaction and exploration, including bioinformatics, social networks, transportation, security, biological and veterinary science, and more