The Radboud Immersive Virtual Environment Research (RIVER) Labs are two Behavioral Science Institute research labs dedicated to experiments in Virtual Reality (VR). However, in 2013 it was decided to make RIVER Lab 1 available for other purposes as well, promoting RIVER Lab 2 as the prime facility for any VR research. The RIVER Labs are managed by Erik van den Berge of the TSG.
Head Mounted Displays
Consult the Head Mounted Displays page to view the specifications of the head mounted displays used in both RIVER Labs.
In RIVER Lab 2, five retro-reflective markers are attached to the HMD for tracking the participant's position and orientation; any internal tracking is disabled.
The following specifications apply to the current lab setup, operational since January 2014. For older specifications, please contact the lab manager.
|RIVER Lab 1||RIVER Lab 2|
|Room Size1 (m)||4.0 * 8.0||5.0 * 7.2|
|Tracking System||Intersense IS-900||AR-Tracking ARTTRACK3|
|Type||Inertial-Ultrasound Hybrid||Optical, 16 Cameras|
|Accuracy (mm)||0.75 - 3.0||<1.0|
|Update Rate (Hz)||180||60|
|Tracking Software||Intersense Server||AR-Tracking DTrack 2.0|
|Tracker Type||Inertial-Ultrasound Hybrid Sensor||Passive retro-reflective markers|
|Stimulus PC||Dell Precision T3610||See below|
|Stimulus Software||Worldviz Vizard 4.0|
1 Effective tracking area.
|Central Processing Unit (CPU)||Intel Core i7-4770K|
|Memory||16GB 1600Mhz DDR3|
|Audio Chip||Realtek ALC1150|
|Network Controller||Intel I217V + Realtek 8111GR (Dual Gigabit Ethernet)|
|Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)||Nvidia GeForce GTX780|
|Storage||Samsung SSD 840 EVO, 128GB|
In RIVER Lab 2, the following equipment is used to help create a fully wireless, low latency virtual reality experience:
- IOGear GW3DHDKIT wireless HDMI transmitter.
- Anker Astro Pro 14400mAh external battery.
- Sennheiser RS160 wireless headphones