VR Portal is a configurable virtual reality installation system. The
compelling experience is derived from its immersive screen,
head-tracked 3D computer graphics and real-time interactivity. The
large screen ensures the participants' feeling of intense immersion while
the tracking system matches the display to the user's perspective.
Applied Interactives members have been involved in research to advance Virtual Reality as an artistic medium. We were involved with the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the development of new auto-stereoscopic VR systems and optical tracking systems. In addition, we developed many useful extensions for the ygdrasil virtual reality software. Wehave also worked on developing an infrastructure for integrating physical sensors into our virtual environment using microcontrollers. It is still our goal to provide less expensive and more accessable technology to artists for developing and exhibiting VR artwork.