CSIRO's Data61 Immersive Environments Lab (IE Lab) is part of a $100M collaborative research facility in Canberra. Purpose built for applied research into the convergence of our digital and physical worlds, the IE Lab is a unique facility with connections into Data61's deep expertise in areas such as Cloud Computing Architectures, Collaborative Systems, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, In-Situ Analytics and Robotics.
Featuring a fleet of Wearable Holographic Computing Devices, Haptic (virtual touch) Displays, Interactive Projection Mapping Stages, Human Motion Capture Rigs, Spatial Cameras and 3D Object Scanners, the IE Lab empowers Data61's partners, collaborators, governments and universities with the technologies, tools and know-how to navigate the next generation of personal computing.
The CSIRO building that houses the lab contains a cloud-based smart glasses system developed by Data61, which displays historical and real-time energy usage data overlaid directly on the appliances consuming the energy.
Data61 is working on AR projects related to health, future cities, education, agriculture and manufacturing, with the Immersive Environments Lab an indication of what is possible in smart buildings of the future.
The IE Lab is also collaborating with Australian SMEs which are aiming to be early to market with new AR services, and Government partners that are adopting research from the Lab.
For over two decades CSIRO researchers have developed software systems that combine interactive computer graphics, collaborative systems, image analysis, and computational photography to enhance the connections between data, people, places and things.
Projects have included Virtual Reality training for surgeons, 3D interfaces for Tele-operating robots at mine sites, remote guidance over the internet for maintenance workers, enabling public engagement with digitised cultural heritage collections, the preservation of biological specimens with full colour 3D capture, and wearable computing interfaces for factory workers.
At a time when the major technology vendors are racing to release Augmented Reality hardware capabilities at scale, the IE Lab enables Data61's network of partners and collaborators to be at the forefront of this next wave of personal computing software and services.
The IE Lab is hosted by Data61's Quantitative Imaging Team.