The Omnideck 6 is a 360-degree platform that can be used to enhance analysis and exploration into any field or industry, allowing full immersion before implementing practical changes.
Professional industries, such as town planning and architectural firms are already using CAD diagram and visual rendering tools. While these are effective tools, they lack that extra level of realism when transferred into real world applications. However, when you add the Omnideck 6 as an accompanying device, it allows you untethered freedom to navigate through a visual simulation using natural body movements - enhancing the design process.
The Omnideck 6
You can use any regular treadmill to reproduce movement in virtual worlds, but the limitation is you can only move in a forward or backward motion. We built the Omnideck 6 as an omnidirectional treadmill to remove this limitation and provide complete 360-degree movement. The Omnideck 6 is driven by a responsive motor that allows you to perform actions such as walking, jogging and running to speeds up to 2.2m/s. Furthermore, the capacity to crawl, lay down and prone naturally is all made possible because of the large four metre diameter active surface.
The process of tracking the user on the Omnideck 6 is complex but uses a very simplified algorithm using rotational, direction, and height positioning. We have adopted the same motion capture and special effect techniques used in the film and gaming industry: using a maximum of two sensors for data retrieval – one on the head, and one on the hands - with no wires needed. Our software, OmniTrack, takes the input tracking data and converts this to regulate the speed and acceleration of the motor. OmniTrack also uses the input tracking data and translates your movements into the simulation software’s default input commands.
The visualisation system to appropriately compliment the full Omnideck 6 solution can either be achieved with either a projection dome or a Head Mounted Display. When you combine popular HMD’s (such as the Oculus™ Rift) with the Omnideck 6, current visual setups become more cost effective and add another dimension to the raw data that you intend to display. Truly enhance your designs by immersing yourself in a 3D render of your project: drop into any city on the planet, walk (literally) through your CAD drawings, and build conclusions in real time and space.
The Omnideck 6 can be configured with a 360⁰ cylindrical projection dome of at least 6m in diameter, which gives researchers a genuine field of vision that can only be reproduced in real world situations. At least six HD projectors are needed to supply the visualisation system. If you’re already using a projection dome system, the Omnideck 6 can be considered as an upgrade to your current configuration.
Adding atmospheric and external elements with the Omnideck 6 solution strengthens the relationship between theories and outcomes. Instead of a static dome experience, you can now add other senses (such as sight, sound, smell, and touch) into the equation, profoundly heightening the design process. Being able to find faults before they happen will be time and cost effective for any project. Is that wall too close? Is the road going to be too loud?
When you introduce simple health tracking sensors to the Omnideck 6 solution, you can measure limitless biometrics upon the user to add an extra level of analysis, and ultimately draw more accurate conclusions from your simulation - for example, determining stress levels or heart rate on a certain demographic whilst they maneuver through a virtual new train station. The potential applications are endless and improves on CAD designs to positively affect future infrastructure and architecture, whilst saving on prohibitively expensive mistakes.
Built with our extremely versatile OmniTrack software, the Omnideck 6 can be configured with any individual concept demand imaginable, and integrated into any simulation software that is controlled by the traditional keyboard and mouse setup - unlocking the true potential of simulation software and forcing you out of your desk and to take steps into the experimental. We challenge you to come to us with ideas on how our product will blend with your vision!