iDome

Project Overview

Project Investigators: Jeffrey Shaw, Dennis Del Favero, Neil Brown, Volker Kuchelmeister, Nikos Papastergiadis, Scott McQuire, Andy Arthurs, Sarah Kenderdine, Kevin Sumption, Grace Cochrane
Project Directors: Jeffrey Shaw, Dennis Del Favero, Volker Kuchelmeister, Ardrian Hardjono, Matthew McGinity
Project Title: Reformulating museological narrative using three models of cinematic interactivity
ARC Linkage Grant ID: LP0453638
2006-2010
Funded by: Questacon/Scitech; University of Wollongong; Bourke Museum

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iDome in iCinema Scientia Facility

iDome is a proprietry hardware/software platform developed by the iCinema Centre that offers a cost-effective and compact immersive visualisation environment for panoramic and spherical representations, video and/or computer generated. Ideally suited for museological applications, it is configured as a three to five meter fibreglass hemisphere that stands vertically in front of the viewer, with a projector, computer, surround audio equipment and user interface.

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Simulation of mirror projection and its distrortion mesh. Concieved and calculated by Paul Bourke.

Video documentation

Projection system

The iDome utilises a three meter fibreglass dome as the surface for 180 degree projection made possible by a high-resolution projector and a spherical mirror as reflection surface. Size and shape of this projection set-up covers the peripheral vision of the user standing directly in front of it and thus results in a truly immersive experience.

This approach has advantages over the “projector with fish eye lens” set up, used for the installation Conversations@the Studio at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney. It does not require a large projector stand (which partly blocks the view), is much more cost effective and can take advantage of even higher resolution projectors when they become available.
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Set up with fish eye lens (l) and alternative mirror approach®