With Reflected Reality™, the goal is to create an immersive, headset-free environment with accurate depth perception and unmatched richness and depth of detail. To achieve this, Imagine 4D has designed an optical system that uses curved mirrors and a curved projection screen, which control the shape and location of imagery reflected from these mirrors. This concept provides optimal 3D imagery and truly fascinating and immersive effects. Since headsets are not required to view 3D data, multiple users can enter the environment together, see the same content, and interact freely. Reflected Reality™ is setting a new standard for immersion and 3D visualization.
The Science Behind Mirrors
Anyone who has looked at themselves in a mirror has experienced seeing an image of themselves that appears to be located behind the mirror. Those that have looked in a curved mirror may even have noticed that the apparent location of their reflection changes depending on where they look in the mirror (along with their shape). Images that appear behind a mirror are known as virtual images. Reflected Reality™ uses these virtual images and the ways in which the human body perceives the depth of these images to create an actual sense of three dimensions (see figure below).
Human beings have evolved to not only use multiple depth cues to perceive depth, but to rely on different depth cues depending on how far away an object appears. For objects that are very close to us (within approximately 10 ft.), human beings perceive depth primarily through physiological cues. For objects very far from us (more than approximately 100 ft.), we perceive depth primarily through psychological cues. At intermediary distances, we use a mixture of the two types of depth cues to determine depth.
When immersive displays are placed 10 feet or less from us, the imagery tends to look very flat and two dimensional, as we are using physical depth cues to determine this fairly accurately (i.e. the imagery does not look or feel realistic). In using mirrors as Reflected Reality™ does, viewers feel like they’re viewing objects at an accurate distance. Curved mirrors cause virtual images’ depth to vary depending on the viewer’s position relative to the mirror, which allows the images to be three dimensional and realistic.
The image below presents this effect.
The Reflected Reality™ optical system is the technology that powers Station IX™, Imagine 4D’s innovative flagship product. Station IX™ allows users to sit or stand inside a 3D environment, and collaboratively view and manipulate 3D content without the need for headsets.
Station IX™ is a truly unique, comfortable and collaborative VR environment and is a must for training, sales and project management. Click below to learn more about Station IX™, its market applications and how it can help maximize your business’ potential.