In order to simulate realistic virtual environments and provide the illusion of moving through those environments, scientists in the Cyberneum were using a variety of different hardware setups and software libraries.

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The PanoLab was used to conduct experiments on spatial perception, spatial orientation, and perception-based actions. One important aspect for true-to-life simulation was the size of the illuminated visual field. Large-scale projection of images in the PanoLab made it possible for us to present a simulation over nearly the entire human visual field. In this way, we achieved very realistic simulations and also had the possibility of systematically studying different areas of the visual field in terms of their importance for human perception. [more]
The TrackingLab in the Cyberneum was a large (12.7m x 11.9m x 6.9m) free space equipped with 26 Vicon high-speed motion capture cameras. In December 2014, the existing setup of 16 Vicon MX13 cameras (1.2 megapixels) was expanded by 10 Vicon T160 cameras (16 megapixels) to double the tracking volume for aerial robotics research and improve head tracking quality for immersive VR research. [more]
The omnidirectional treadmill allowed for near-natural walking through arbitrarily large virtual environments and was used for basic research. The basic mechanism consisted of 25 belts (0.5m wide) that were mounted on two big chains. The chains constituted one motion direction (up to 2 m/s), while the belts ran in the orthogonal direction (up to 3 m/s). [more]
The linear treadmill setup consists of three main components: the treadmill itself (Bonte Technology, Netherlands), a four camera Vicon® MX-13 optical tracking system, and a visualization system that displays 3D graphics in a head-mounted display (see Figure). All three components are controlled by separate dedicated computers. [more]
Heli Lab is a fixed-based flight simulator that affords a large field of view (i.e., 105°x100°). It is equipped to measure explicit and implicit behavioral responses - respectively, control stick inputs as well as eye-tracking and physiological measures. [more]
In the Control Loading Lab, we perform experimental evaluation to understand human behaviour in manual control tasks and to investigate novel approaches for human-machine interfaces. [more]

Previous Laboratories

In the past there were even more facilities that were used for a variety of different perception experiments.

The CyberCarpet is a small implementation of a ball bearing platform. [more]
With the Circular Treadmill we we were able to investigate the interaction between the proprioceptive/kinesthetic and the vestibular system during active task such as walking. [more]
A tracking hall of size 7.55m x 6.18m x 3.5m and equipped with tracking capabilities (6 VICON® Bonita cameras, software Vicon® Tracker) was used as a main testing space for our multi-robot research. [more]
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