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Friday, September 14, 2007


As a new developer in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, I should get a tour to VISTA(Virtual Immersive Science and Technology Applications). Bibliotheca Alexandrina is the first to provide researchers with such advanced visualization tools (in the middle east of course I mean). The VISTA is also known as CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment).

It displays 3D stereoscopic images generated from a PC cluster, on four 10-ft × 10-ft vertical walls and the floor. The cluster is Five workstations linked together. The four projectors used in the VISTA render 1400 × 1050 pixels each and have a very bright light output rated at 7200 ANSI lumens. this can be very good for simulating real phenomenon. There are a lot of applications applied to Vista concerning Aero Dynamics, Chemistry, Medicine..etc.

One of the applications, which I see it quite impressive, is a 3d chart visualizer. It gives you a nice feeling that you are running on the axis, or between the points of the plot.

Actually, I have no pics for the VISTA.... but i can give you an approximation...
imagine the Gapminder in 3D effect.. That's wt u get when you use the VISTA_3dCharts.

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