Fakespace Delivers Walk-In Virtual Reality System to Egyptian Facility Designed to Recapture the Spirit of the Ancient Library of Alexandria
The FLEX(TM) Visualization System Provides Immersive Experience at Research
Center Affiliated With Egypt's New Center for Learning
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Fakespace Systems Inc. today announced that it has delivered the latest generation FLEX(TM) visualization system to Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria in Egypt. This walk-in virtual reality system will enable interactive work within three-dimensional computer-generated models and environments at the International School of Information Science (ISIS), a research center affiliated with the new Library, which is designed to recapture the spirit of the ancient center of learning. ISIS is the first facility in Africa and the Middle East to provide an advanced visualization tool of this scale. Devoted to using the newest technology to preserve the past and to promote access to products of the human intellect, the facility will display 3D stereoscopic images generated from a state-of-the-art PC cluster, on the FLEX's three 10-ft x 10-ft vertical walls and the floor. The FLEX system will provide researchers in the region with the infrastructure they need to cooperate and work closely with researchers from all over the world and paves the road for future collaboration. As part of a new R&D environment it is expected to become a strategic means to securing sustainable development and growth in Egypt and the region. With virtual reality, or immersive visualization, researchers are able to experience simulations of natural or human-engineered phenomena in a way that provides new insights and understanding. Often eliminating the need for physical models, work within virtual environments has been shown to save time and resources in both commercial and scientific research. The FLEX(TM) is an advanced re-configurable visualization solution for those whose viewing, collaboration, and presentation requirements cannot be met within the confines of a single visualization technology. The system is ideal for many applications in fields as diverse as medicine, engineering, architecture, socio-economic analysis, seismic interpretation and well planning, biotechnology research, manufacturing and design, fluid dynamics, and chemistry. With plans to open the facility before the end of February 2006, the FLEX(TM) at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is configured with two vertical walls and a floor to form the corner of a cube, while a third vertical wall moves at the press of a button to change the environment from an immersive room to an L-shaped theater type configuration enabling viewing by a large audience. Five workstations are linked together to form a powerful data processor and image generator. The four projectors used in the FLEX render 1400 x 1050 pixels each and have a very bright light output rated at 7200 ANSI lumens. About Fakespace Systems Inc. Fakespace Systems Inc. designs and manufactures advanced interactive visualization systems, develops custom software applications, and integrates complete enterprise-wide solutions. Interactive visualization improves collaboration, discovery and learning for applications in automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, education, federal government, geophysical exploration, manufacturing, scientific research, and virtual prototyping. Fakespace is headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, USA. The company has global office locations in Canada, Europe, Asia and across the USA. More information on Fakespace is available at www.fakespace.com. About Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the New Library of Alexandria, is dedicated to recapture the spirit of the ancient Library of Alexandria, a center of world learning from 300 BC to 400 AD. Inaugurated in 2002, it is a window on the world for Egypt and the region, a challenge in the digital age and a vibrant center of intellectual debate -- a space of freedom, for dialogue between individuals and civilizations. The International School of Information Science (ISIS), one of the research centers affiliated with BA, will be managing and implementing the new system which it named VISTA (Virtually Immersive Science and Technology Applications). ISIS is devoted to using the newest technology to preserve the past and to promote access to the products of the human intellect. More information on Bibliotheca Alexandrina is available at www.bibalex.org. More information on ISIS is available at www.bibalex.org/ISIS.
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