Visualization can turn abstract data and contexts into graphics, making them easy to understand. Visualization techniques are playing an increasingly important role in the digitisation of medium-sized businesses. The Institute for Visual Computing (IVC) covers a wide range of applications, including virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, computer graphics and computer vision. These technologies open up new perspectives for business, research and education. This encourages creativity and interaction. The applications allow us to analyse correlations more quickly, make more accurate decisions and to plan implementation and production more efficiently.
The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) has the newest technical equipment for visual computing. Its research focuses on two applications:
Big data analysis allows the detection of data streams and their presentation by means of high-resolution display systems. In addition, VR technologies are used to create a virtual experience of spaces, machines or situations. Depending on the application, this can be used by individuals or groups on different remote devices. A state-of-the-art visualization showroom presents possible applications.
The visualization showroom offers workshops and other interactive formats to inform businesses about new systems and trends in visual computing research and development. Visitors can get advice on funding for innovative cooperations. The showroom also facilitates exchange between businesses.
The main attraction of the showroom is the 5 m² LED wall. More than 3.2 million individually controllable LEDs placed only 1.2 mm apart not only achieve very high contrasts, but also an absolute black level.
The LED wall can display three-dimensional images. Ten active-shutter 3D glasses permit several people at once to watch larger demos.
The multi-touch wall is the centrepiece of the showroom. It consists of six 55-inch displays. The entire multi-touch wall uses infrared tracking. It can capture gestures with up two 32 points. This allows people to work on the wall simultaneously.
The entire showroom is covered by a tracking system, which is used in combination with different head-mounted displays (HMD). Among the applications these tracking solutions support is room scale, where one physical step corresponds to a step in the virtual world.