Investment in Fakespace extends 3D data visualization potential for Electrohome

Kitchener 09 June 1998 On June 2nd latest, Electrohome Ltd, an Ontario-based manufacturer of large screen video, data, and graphics projection systems, established a new Visualization business group, and has made an equity investment in Fakespace, Inc., which is an expert supplier of spatially immersive display systems, in order to optimize the realistic visualization of three-dimensional, computer-generated images in virtual environments.

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On June 2nd latest, Electrohome Ltd, an Ontario-based manufacturer of large screen video, data, and graphics projection systems, established a new Visualization business group, and has made an equity investment in Fakespace, Inc., which is an expert supplier of spatially immersive display systems, in order to optimize the realistic visualization of three-dimensional, computer-generated images in virtual environments.

The ten year old Fakespace company, headquartered in Mountain View, California, has played a pioneering role in the commercial design and marketing of virtual model displays (VMDs) like the VersaBench and the Immersive Workbench. Electrohome Limited which is specialized in advanced projection technology, has been working together with Fakespace for quite some time now to integrate VMDs in applications relating to virtual prototyping, simulation and training, applied in the automotive, medical and architectural domain.

Electrohome's newly founded Visualization business group will function in complete independence of the since long existing Projection Systems group. The main purpose is to look for partners and to create opportunities in the field of high-quality 3D data visualization. The workbench kind of products, developed by Fakespace, offer an ideal starting-point to extend the use of virtual reality and visual simulation, according to Dan Wright, who is Senior Vice President of Electrohome's Visualization group.

The virtual model displays enable engineers to view and interact with the computer simulated models of car engines by means of innovative projection systems and stereoscopic eyeware. Molecular structures as well as complex anatomical images appear to be floating within the realistic workspace, so that researchers and doctors are able to carefully examine them. Architects can assess the outcome of their construction plans in the overall building's simulation. Head-mounted displays, virtual interaction devices and specialized software further enhance the realistic scenery of the virtual environment.

Thanks to the investment, Fakespace acquires additional resources, and service and marketing experience to better assist the customer, in search of a 3D visualization and simulation environment, as pointed out by Chief Executive Officer of Fakespace, Mark Bolas. In this regard, the present state-of-the-art assortment of visualization tools, based on projection technologies, is still growing.


Leslie Versweyveld

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