Human Immersive Lab

Formerly known as the Ship/Air Integration Lab, the Human Immersive Lab (HIL) is a large-scale, immersive virtual reality system. The HIL offers an unparalleled cost and time savings by using motion tracking and virtual reality in a design, development, and/or production process.

Now, human immersive lab technology is also deployed at LM Space Systems Company at Littleton, Colo. (CHIL) and at LM Center of Innovation or Lighthouse.

Any design can be fine-tuned in the virtual version before production or development begins.

The immersive labs integrate several virtual reality technologies, thereby creating a unique collaborative solution for exploring and solving problems quickly. The result is a fast learning tool that creates a better aircraft and significantly reduces maintenance costs.

The HIL offers an unparalleled cost and time savings by using motion tracking and virtual reality in a design, development, and/or production process.

Any design can be fine-tuned in the virtual version before production or development begins.

The Human Immersive Laboratory integrates several virtual reality technologies, thereby creating a unique collaborative solution for exploring and solving problems quickly. The result is a fast learning tool that creates a better aircraft and significantly reduces maintenance costs.

Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE)
A room made of three large display walls and one large display floor where the user stands in the center and views the data in an immersive way (stereoscopic and full-scale). A head tracker and wand allow the user to move around the environment for a different perspective.

Head-Mounted Display (HMD)
A headset with stereo displays, providing each user his/her point-of-view in the virtual scene.

Motion Capture System
A room where up to four users wear the HMD and body suit. The users move freely while their movements drive a mannequin in the virtual environment. This capability allows the user to interact in the environment, see the activity of another user's display in the virtual environment, and interact with them.

Left-and Right-Hand Haptic System
The system consists of two robotic arms used to interact with CATIA models in a virtual environment and to receive force feedback while performing a task.

Spherical Camera
A set of six digital video cameras embedded into one device that captures 75 percent of a sphere. The dynamic scene is displayed in the HMD or CAVE where the user can be immersed in real-world video information. The information is used to immerse a user in the scene without having to send the person to a remote site.

Simulation Toolkit
HIL uses a suite of software that includes CAD and various anthropometric packages to develop accurate simulation.

With the simulation toolkit, the user can maneuver the mannequin or scale the mannequin to a different size.

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Human Imersive Lab Virtual Reality Tour

Additional Information
Human Immersive Laboratory Brochure

For information, call 817-777-9833.