at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery


Virtual Environments links to software, description of hardware the lab possesses, and example data sets that we can visualize using any of our VR display hardware resources.



  • 6-Sided CAVE – 9.5’x9.5’x9.5′ rear projection display immersive VR system
  • Development Lab – 9.5’x9.5′ power wall + Vive, Oculi, Windows Mixed Reality
  • Schloss Lab – 2 VR HMD Testing Booths with Oculus Rift CV1
  • DSCVR – 20 panel 3D TV Based Display System
  • LiDAR Scanner – Faro Focus S120
  • Hololens, Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality head sets.

Example Data Sets and Compatible File Formats for Visualization with Lab Resources:

Name Desciption
Visible Human Project Complete 3D representations of the male and female human bodies from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Taliesin Estate Currently 3D Scans and Quad Copter Videos, to be turned into a 3D Point Cloud, of the estate of architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Underwater Ship-Wreck Video footage courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to study underwater point cloud reconstruction
Two Galaxies Colliding Time-varying cloud point data set of 2500 time-steps over 2-3 minutes from the University of Wisconsin- Madison Astronomy Department.
Sequential Textual Information Various data sets of textual information over time that can be visualized using the WordCAKE tool
DC Smith Greenhouse 3D Scan of DC Smith Greenhouse located on UW–Madison campus. Resulted from first Model This! contest winners.
Little Norway Stave Church 3D Scan of famous church from 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Once located in Mt. Horeb, WI, now being shipped back to Norway.
Name Examples
Point Cloud  pcd, e57, PTX, PTZ, XYZ
Molecular File Protein Data Bank Format and various other molecule coordinate/structure files
Volumetric Image DICOM, TIFF stacks, RAW, interfile, vevo and others
Graphics / Game Engines Unity 3D, Ogre 3D, and OpenSceneGraph
ParaView supported formats VTK, H5part HDF5 Particle files, and more
Autodesk Formats FBX, Revit, 3D Studio Max, Maya, etc.
360 degree video-mp4