Baltimore, Md. - Aug 22nd, 2006 - Sensics, the panoramic virtual reality display company, released today the results of a new study that compares user experience within the Sensics panoramic HMD to the experience inside a projection-wall virtual reality system. Conducted during an unique industry event held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the study reveals that on average, expert users prefer the Sensics HMD over a "CAVE-type" projection wall system in all surveyed dimensions including image quality, field of view, and degree of immersion.
"The study indicates that in many cases, the Sensics HMD is the superior alternative to projection-wall systems, typically referred to as 'CAVEs'", says Marc Shapiro, Chief Technical Officer of Sensics. "Users have always had reservations about the cost, size and complexity of CAVE-like systems, but were forced to use them because previous generations of HMDs suffered from 'tunnel vision' field of view and inferior image quality. The piSight 150 (TM) HMD by Sensics provides a breakthrough design that delivers both a panoramic 150-degree field of view and high image fidelity, thus outperforming most projection-wall systems."
The study included 31 participants from major automotive, aerospace, defense, CAD and virtual reality companies. Most participants either use VR today or have had substantial prior exposure to VR systems. Participants were invited to the 3D Lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and had an opportunity to experience immersive 3D models on both the Sensics piSight 150 HMD and inside a new projection-wall system recently installed at the lab. Various 3D models representative of industrial design, architecture, and training applications we obtained through independent sources and were loaded on both VR systems. Upon experiencing both VR alternatives, participants filled Web-based surveys in private. Representative results include:
- On a scale of 1 through 6 where (1) is "very poor" and (6) is "excellent", 94% of participants rated the piSight field of view as (5) or (6), 83% rated the resolution as (5) or (6), and 68% had a (5) or (6) overall impression of the Sensics HMD.
- Comparing the piSight HMD to the "CAVE" on the same 1 through 6 scale, 75% preferred the image quality in the piSight HMD to the "CAVE", and the average score of all other dimensions of the comparison (such as field of view, degree of immersion and overall performance) favored the piSight HMD.
A full report is available from Sensics.
"Using the Sensics piSight changed the way I feel about HMDs", says Dr. Klaus-Peter Beier, Director of the 3D and the Virtual Reality labs at the University of Michigan. "Sensics has achieved a true breakthrough in both resolution and field of view, and this breakthrough was not lost on the local and international participants in our comparative VR event. I would recommend considering panoramic HMDs for many applications where CAVE-like systems were previously the only possibility".
Sensics, Inc., is the panoramic virtual reality display company. Based on patented technology developed over nearly a decade of research, Sensics delivers lightweight panoramic head-mounted displays that combine ultra-wide field of view and high resolution, thus enabling a new generation of virtual prototyping, training, visualization and remote presence applications. Sensics is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. For additional information, visit
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