Studios

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 Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.

The Cube

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
The Cube

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
The Cube

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

Learn and Observe

Exploring transdisciplinary and creativity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Learn and Observe

Experience

The Experience Studio is designed as a flexible space for ICAT researchers to create, explore, and document a variety of still and immersive environments, including video games, augmented reality, motion tracked virtual collaboration, and mixed reality performance. Unique features of this space include a two-story projection wall with green screen and an open grid ceiling for flexible lighting and sound exploration.

Experience

Perform

Perform Studio is where arts, technology, and creativity meet human mind and body. Using the state-of-the-art acoustic space with multichannel audio, motion capture system and dynamic lighting, here ICAT researchers study human gesture, emotion, spatialization of audio-visual stimuli, and embodied interaction over great distances, as well as performance in its broadest context.

Perform

Create

Through incorporating new materials, objects, and methods for creativity, the Create Studio hosts the tools to turn ideas into working prototypes. Featuring two 3D printers, laser cutting, basic hand tools, soldering supplies, electronic testing equipment, and more, the Create Studio offers a practical workbench to bring life to the ideas of the ICAT students and faculty.

Create

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