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,
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
More information on ISIS is available at www.bibalex.org/ISIS.
SOURCE Fakespace Systems Inc.