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PSYCHÉ ( 6-Wall Immersive Room):

Thanks to research grants obtained by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Gouvernement du Québec and the Fondation de l'UQO, the Lab is now one of the few institutions who have a 6-wall immersive room. It's also the world's first immersive system entirely dedicated to clinical psychology. The first virtual environments are currently in development. The software is called "UQOVE".

The name chosen for the immersive room, "PSYCHÉ", is the name of a Greek goddess representing the soul, the self, the mind or the driving forces influencing thoughts, behaviors, emotions, perceptions and personality.

The immersive room (also called "CAVE" in reference to "Chicago Automatic Virtual Environment") is the most immersive version of projected VR equipment. The user wears 3D glasses and stand in the centre of a room where a virtual environment is projected on the 4 walls, ceiling and floor. The 3D glasses allows the integration of information and the individual can feel fully "immerged" into virtual scenes.

The immersive room requires 6 projectors RGB (1280*1024@100Hz), and 8 computers :
- 6 computers (one for each wall),
- 1 for tracking,
- 1 main computer (Master).

The power of these equipments are very important to maximize the image quality, allowing the user to feel fully immersed into the virtual world.

On the left, Christian Villemaire is testing the virtual environment inside the CAVE using 3D-glasses. Christian is also wearing a helmet with an integrated Intersense IS-900 MicroTrax Devices (inertial-ultrasonic motion tracking system).

Stereoscopy is "active", meaning the image is perceived individually by each eye. In addition, a tracker is attached on top of the glasses and records the user's position to modify the point of view on the walls.