Wednesday, 29 July 2020 10:54

Deakin Uni uses Epson projectors to create immersive learning space

A picture of the indoor building and seating. A picture of the indoor building and seating. Courtesy Epson

Epson Australia, along with Igloo Vision, has assisted Deakin University to create an immersive learning space for its arts and education students.

The company said the initiative had been started after Deakin University expressed a desure to renovate part of its Geelong Waurn Ponds campus in order to extent an existing building and form a new innovative learning space.

The major part of this space, called Deakin immersive, involved state-of-the-art Epson projectors installed by Igloo, a shared virtual-reality company.

Igloo Vision’s head of Business Asia Pacific James Sheridan explained: “It was important for the new precinct to be an experience in and of itself, to wow anyone who comes in.

"The university wanted to incorporate immersive technology into the precinct and also wanted groups to be able to share those immersive experiences. So Igloo Shared VR using Epson projectors in an immersive projection cylinder was the ideal solution.”

Epson said Deakin Uni wanted to create a showpiece. This involved not just Igloo Vision’s immersive cylinder, but also the building of a round “Think Tank” and a semi-circular editing suite, for creating content.

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Epson projectors in use at Deakin Immersive created by Igloo Vision. Courtesy Epson

Sheridan said, “The uni wanted students to be able to move seamlessly between the contexts of an immersive experience into the Think Tank to analyse that experience. The system and projectors needed to be high-quality and high-specification, with a range of easy-to-use software and easy workflows for content creation.

"They also wanted to be able to use the system for remote learning and seminars.”The project team specified a 9.7-metre diameter Igloo cylinder that could accommodate groups of around 35 people at a time with cinema-grade audio and an acoustically transparent screen, ensuring crystal clear sound alongside crystal clear imagery.

The whole project uses uses seven Epson EB-L1065UNL laser projectors with ELPLX01 ultra-short-throw lenses.

Sheridan said Epson projectors and lenses were chosen because, “Deakin wanted a high-end, high-quality installation. The Epson laser projectors help to create a seamless 360° display for an incredibly immersive experience.

"Using ultra-short-throw lenses reduces the amount of shadowing caused by anyone near the screen, adding to the immersion.

"They also offer super-bright, super-sharp imagery, with super-clear colours. Using laser projectors also means that maintenance is reduced as lamp projectors need their bulbs replaced every 2000 hours or so.”

According to Sheridan and just as importantly, Epson doesn’t only build great equipment but is also great at supporting its partners.

He added, “We know we can rely on Epson to get us any technical support we might need and that will be there for the life of the project. Deakin University, like most Australian universities, already has a great relationship with Epson and is using many of its products, so it was a natural choice.”

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