October 07, 2009 14:19 ET

EON Reality Software Used for Amazing 3D Experience in Collaborative Effort Between Milwaukee Area Technical College and the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee, WI

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - EON Reality, the world's leading interactive 3D software provider, teams up with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and Discovery World Museum (DWM) to create Virtual Milwaukee. Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin is Wisconsin's most progressive center for research and education in multimedia and other emerging interactive technologies and is home to an amazing 3D exhibit, The HIVE (Hybrid Interactive Virtual Education). The HIVE is a virtual reality environment that provides a teaching space and is also an attraction for Discovery World visitors. It consists of a cluster of futuristic pods, three walls and a floor, giving you the experience of total immersion. You just walk up, put on the glasses, slip on some booties (they protect the screen that you stand on) and step inside -- Explore, Interact, Imagine and Experience. The HIVE is an enclosed chamber that uses computers, projectors, screens, 3D technology plus motion tracking and uses EON Reality's software to create about 30 simulated virtual environments.

Virtual Milwaukee's creation began when the faculty and staff at Milwaukee Area Technical College acquired an EON Reality software lab and training and then provided visualization development coursework to students at MATC. Next, a major undertaking began which was to work in collaboration with Discovery World to design and create a digital re-creation of downtown Milwaukee called Virtual Milwaukee. This creation became a centerpiece for MATC's 2009 Portfolio Night which was kicked off by MATC's Interim President, Dr. Vicki Martin, who welcomed students, faculty and guests.

The Virtual Milwaukee simulation includes real terrain, elevation and infrastructure data to build an accurate computer-generated version of the city of Milwaukee which can be easily updated based on data provided by Architects and City Planners.

Peter Axtell, a 3D modeling student at MATC, re-created buildings inside of Virtual Milwaukee and indicated that he was comfortable with the technology in the project and learned a lot, including how to work with many people simultaneously. "I'm really proud and excited about being part of this on the ground floor," he said.

About EON Reality

EON Reality is the world's leading interactive 3D virtual meeting software and virtual reality software provider. For further information, visit www.eonreality.com.

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    Brita Kjallstrom
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