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.

 

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Tracking

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.

Visualisation

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.

Dome Projection

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.

Experience

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? 

Health Tracking

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. 

Integration

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!

 

Case Studies

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Based in Milton Keynes, England. Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) have built a visualisation lab for use by industries that are interested in virtual reality - specifically aimed towards the transport industry. TSC offer a unique facility that acts as a beacon for technology developers wanting to engage organisations to solve real world problems and opportunities, and the Omnideck 6 is installed at TSC so that such organisations can have access to assist them with their development projects, or existing products. In addition, the Omnideck 6 is a strong part of the TSC's visualisation tools that are fast becoming a vital component of development when running transport modelling projects.

 

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Installed in 2012, the RWTH Aachen University have made it possible to walk through a variety of virtual environments, and have explored the surface of planet Mars, toured round a virtual nuclear power plant, constructed a test-bench and even strolled through the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy. The university are conducting the "ELLI - excellent teaching and learning in engineering sciences" project to explore new ways of teaching. The Omnideck provides them with virtual materials, equipment and environments, towards a comprehensive, creative and experimental learning experience, whilst offering risk free research. Students interact with simulation software with data gloves that track gesticulations.