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An affordable surround-screen virtual reality display

Cruz-Neira, Carolina; Reiners, Dirk; Springer, Jan


Carolina Cruz-Neira

Dirk Reiners

Jan Springer


Building a projection-based virtual reality display is a time, cost, and resource intensive enterprise andmany details contribute to the final display quality. This is especially true for surround-screen displays wheremost of them are one-of-a-kind systems or custom-made installations with specialized projectors, framing, andprojection screens. In general, the costs of acquiring these types of systems have been in the hundreds and evenmillions of dollars, specifically for those supporting synchronized stereoscopic projection across multiple screens.Furthermore, the maintenance of such systems adds an additional recurrent cost, which makes them hard to affordfor a general introduction in a wider range of industry, academic, and research communities.We present a low-cost, easy to maintain surround-screen design based on off-the-shelf affordable componentsfor the projection screens, framing, and display system. The resulting system quality is comparable to significantlymore expensive commercially available solutions. Additionally, users with average knowledge can implement ourdesign and it has the added advantage that single components can be individually upgraded based on necessity aswell as available funds.


Cruz-Neira, C., Reiners, D., & Springer, J. (2010). An affordable surround-screen virtual reality display. Journal of the Society for Information Display, 18(10), 836-843.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 18, 2012
Publication Date 2010-10
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Journal of the Society for Information Display
Print ISSN 1071-0922
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 10
Pages 836-843
Keywords Projection-based display systems, Surround-screen displays, MEMS technology
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cruz-Neira, C., Reiners, D. and Springer, J. P. (2010), An affordable surround-screen virtual reality display. Journal of the Society for Information Display, 18: 836–843. doi: 10.1889/JSID18.10.836, which has been published in final form at:
Contract Date Nov 13, 2014


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