According to a recent HubSpot survey, 95% of people polled use the internet to research a new product or service before they make the purchasing plunge, and that 52% of these respondents are looking specifically for product information. So, we put together a list of your most asked questions to make it easier for you as you search for information on our websites. Here are our top 10 FAQ about Station IX :
- Who is Imagine 4D?
- What is Station IX?
- What is Reflected Reality™?
- How is Station IX different from other immersive domes/CAVEs?
- What are the common limitations associated with VR goggles and head-mounted displays (HMDs)?
- How can I integrate my content inside Station IX?
- How do you display 3D content inside Station IX?
- Do I have to create my own 3D content?
- Why do I need an immersive solution for my business?
- Who can benefit from using Station IX?
1. Who is Imagine 4D?
Imagine 4D, founded in 2015, is a Montreal-based technology company that specializes in immersive solutions. We are a partner of Simthetiq, another Montreal-based technology company, who specialize in training and simulation for civil aviation and the defence market. Simthetiq offers an extensive library of 3D models and synthetic terrains, as well as a proprietary visual system.
In 2018, we launched our immersive display solution, Station IX (what this FAQ focuses on), and in early 2019, Imagine 4D began a partnership with L3 Mapps. They are a leading, world-wide supplier of control and simulation solutions for the marine and power markets. One exciting aspect of this partnership is that L3 now offers an OEM version of Station IX, known as Orchid IX.
We think getting to know our community is important, so reach out to us in the comments, or on Twitter. Let us know who you are, why you’re enthusiastic about immersive technologies, or how you’re already using them in your business!
Want to know more about Imagine 4D? Check out this blog post.
2. What is Station IX?
Station IX is an immersive 3D display solution that uses a proprietary imaging technology called Reflected Reality™. We designed Station IX to ensure effortless collaboration in training and visualization scenarios and we put user comfort at the forefront. Users are immersed in highly realistic, shared virtual experiences and can view high-value 3D content without HMDs and VR goggles. Without wearables, users can focus on the task at hand rather than uncomfortable headsets and other physical consequences of HMDs. They are also free to collaborate with others inside the environment.
Take Station IX’s spec sheet with you: download here.
3. What is Reflected Reality™? (Our most important FAQ)
Our goal is to create the most immersive and collaborative spaces for our customers without the common limitations of VR. Our solution is Reflected Reality™. In Station IX, projectors display an image onto a curved screen around the interior desk. The curved mirrors then reflect the images from the desk’s curved screen. These reflected images are then perceived by users without HMDs and VR goggles as three dimensional and at an accurate depth. This is Reflected Reality™. Images appear more realistic than they would with direct projection technology typically used in CAVE systems and 360° projection domes. Reflected Reality™ is virtual reality done better.
To learn more about Reflected Reality™, read our blog post here.
4. How is Station IX different from other immersive domes/CAVEs?
Station IX does not need head-mounted devices to view 3D content unlike other immersive solutions. Similarly, other domes and CAVES also use direct projection technology to display imagery on screens, which creates a flat and two-dimensional experience. In using mirrors, Station IX’s imagery feels more three dimensional and realistic. While other companies boast about frugality, we pride ourselves on quality materials and the most immersive experience possible.
5. What are the common limitations associated with VR goggles and HMDs?
Physical symptoms of VR
These hardware devices can be bulky and uncomfortable, and they can also cause physical side effects. Nausea, eye fatigue, vomiting, and disorientation are a few consequences of wearing HMDs and VR goggles.
As the article below and other experts suggest, VR users should take a 10-15 minute break for every 30 minutes spent using a VR device. This suggestion limits the efficiency of using VR HMDs in training scenarios because training becomes limited by physical side effects and time constraints. Station IX, however, does not have these limitations since it requires no HMDs and goggles to view 3D content. Users can instead spend as much time in the environment as they need.
These devices also cause the virtual experience to be a solitary one. Reflected Reality™, however, is always a shared experience. Without the impediment of wearables, users can discuss, collaborate, and observe each other’s body language.
Read this article for more information about VR sickness.
6. How can I integrate my content inside Station IX?
Typically, software applications need three modifications to integrate 3D content into Station IX. These modifications are texture mapping, multiple camera rendering, and parallel computing.
Similarly, an important element of preparing content for Station IX is to ensure that its fields-of-view are set to match the immersive environment’s requirements. If this is not done correctly, the visuals in Station IX will looked stretched and flat, and not feel three dimensional. To help our customers with this process, we developed software development kits (SDKs) with plug-and-play support. The SDKs make it easy to match the fields-of-view required within Station IX and helps to set up parallel computing capability.
For a more in-depth explanation of this process, read our Content blog post.
7. How do you display 3D content inside Station IX?
If you can run your content on your computer, then we can typically run it in Station IX. Simply put, we take your files from your data sources like CAD and BIM, put the content through an image generator like Unity or Unreal, and after a few other tweaks, it is ready for viewing inside Station IX.
8. Do I have to create my own 3D content?
This is our most common FAQ about Station IX. No, and our customers typically don’t. We usually suggest one of three options:
- Our team can integrate your existing content into Station IX for you, or we can provide you with the SDKs you need to integrate your content on your own.
- We can put you in touch with one of our strategic partners that create 3D content for your industry and who already have experience providing content for Station IX.
- Let us create content for you using our own camera recording devices, or provide content we have developed already ourselves.
This is an example of work that Simthetiq, one of our partners, has done for military and defence clients.
This is an example of work that REinVR displayed inside Station IX at this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture. Imagine 4D partnered with REinVR for the conference, and we demoed the condo walkthrough of Vancouver House in this video at the show.
9. Why do I need an immersive solution for my business? (Not technically a FAQ about Station IX, but still important)
Virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and Reflected Reality™ are all examples of immersive technologies. We can use them in different contexts, for different tasks, and within different industries.
Immersive media can improve training engagement and retention. They are also a safer and more cost-effective training solution than traditional methods. Similarly, Station IX allows users to view large data sets at a glance, collaboratively review design plans, and is an indispensable tool in military operational command centres—just to name a few.
Read Cognizant’s white paper about the benefits of immersive learning.
10. Who can benefit from using Station IX?
Station IX has a wide range of industry and task applications. That said, examples are always helpful.
- Defence and Security: Station IX is indispensable in operational command centres and security operations centres.
- Civil Aviation: Compliment your flight simulator solution by using Station IX to train for aircraft maintenance, cabin crew familiarization, or for airport operations.
- High-Value Emergency Training: Through immersive Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) simulation, trainees become experienced in realistic high-pressure scenarios inside Station IX.
- Architecture, Engineering, and Construction: Station IX facilitates design reviews and decision-making, enables virtual visits, and serves as a unique tool to impress your clients and stakeholders. It can also be used as a way for customers to customize virtual, unbuilt real estate properties.
- Oil and Gas: Station IX facilitates the design, visualization, and review processes of reservoir and sub-sea data. Engineering, procurement, and construction teams can also collaborate to ensure clear communication. Station IX can also simulate hyper-realistic accident scenarios to train employees safely and prepare them for real-world settings.
Download our brochure for more information about Station IX.
These are the top FAQ about Station IX, and our answers only just scratch the surface of everything we could say. The best places to get more information about our product are on our blog, Station IX’s website, and directly from a member of our team. In fact, we would love to hear from you!