The Institute for Future Environments (IFE) with the ViseR team, established a visualisation lab, to facilitate research and development in the themes of virtual environments, multi-mode interaction technology (touch, motion, BYOD – bring your own device), high-resolution big data visualisation, and digital interactivity in general.
The space regularly hosts specialist meetings and workshops including business and government VIPs to explore opportunities to apply The Cube, and Cube-like technology to their activities and challenges in their respective domains.
Presently ViseR and the ViseR Lab are undertaking concept and solution development in areas of built environment, senior living, spatial industries, expert elicitation, and the digital economy. Further, the group regularly undertake experimental work in creative visualisation, multi-user virtual worlds, and engaging works integrating ‘BYOD’ concepts.
The key value proposition of the ViseR Lab that sets the space apart from similar sites is the availability and encouragement by QUT to host working groups including external parties to test technology, work-flow, and scenarios and validate designs to build better business cases and reduce risk for implementation in their own organisation. Technologies that are housed within the ViseR Lab for testing and use include:
- Planar Touch Wall
- MultiTaction touch panels (used on The Cube)
- Ultimaker 2 3D Printer
- Oculus Rift DK2
- HTC Vive
- Laser tracking
The ViseR Lab, The Cube, with teaching and forum spaces are supported by QUTs strategic asset procurement and management plan, represented by annual investment to acquire next-generation technology, furniture and fit-out, and technical support.