The CAVE at SIU

CAVE Panorama The goal of our project was to build a prototype CAVE system here at Southern Illinois University. A CAVE stands for cave automatic virtual environment. It is a type of virtual reality that immerses the user by creating a unique experience. Unlike traditional virtual reality, the CAVE is a room typically made up of projection screens that make the user feel as if they are actually in the virtual reality. What sets the CAVE apart from other types of virtual reality is that with the CAVE, the user actually has a sense of spatial awareness, and multiple people can be inside the CAVE at once. Our goal was to create a cost effective CAVE for the university in order to decide if it is worth the investment, since traditional CAVE systems tend to be very expensive. With limited funding, we successfully created an entry-level system that demonstrates the potential that a high-end system can offer.