So you’ve heard of virtual reality (VR) headsets and maybe even experienced a VR yourself, but have you ever seen a VR CAVE?
VR CAVE—an acronym for Cave Automatic Virtual Environment—is an immersive digital environment that enables groups of people to experience a virtual reality together.
“CAVE technology, and the name, CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment, was developed at University of Illinois, Chicago 31 years ago,” said Emma-Jane Alexander, technical sales consultant at Mechdyne Corp. “The name CAVE was misused to describe all manner of virtual reality systems, just to capitalize on the name. Trying to fight this was pointless, the trademark was opened and CAVE entered the vernacular, like Kleenex, in the mid-2000s. Oddly enough, today, the word CAVE is, more or less, back to describing the original configuration.”
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The work done by Carolina Cruz-Neira, Daniel J. Sandin, and Thomas A. DeFanti in the invention of the CAVE is really interesting. I remember seeing their research in grad school! Wonderful article