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The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s Manufacturing Technology Transporter (Mantra) is using a mobile version of Virtalis’s Stereoworks Activewall to show the benefits of virtual reality.

Mantra is a specially modified demonstration HGV that travels the UK demonstrating the latest manufacturing, machinery and simulation technologies.

Mantra and the stereoscopic 3D capabilities of the Virtalis Stereoworks Activewall system allow AMRC to demonstrate to businesses how VR technology can help achieve a smooth integration of new technologies into production environments.

An equally important use is inspiring young men and women to become the next generation of engineers.

On board the 14-metre lorry, AMRC engineers are using the interactive capabilities of the Stereoworks Activewall system to give students of all ages the experience of assembling, reviewing and rehearsing the maintenance of a multi-million pound Rolls-Royce jet engine.

The immersive qualities of VR bring students face to face with the real-life challenges encountered by engineers every day.

Mantra was funded with a GBP500,000 award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) 2007 Knowledge Transfer Challenge, which rewards and celebrates approaches to supporting knowledge transfer in universities, making sure that research finds its way to end users in business and the public sector.

AMRC saw VR as a key technology to showcase.

Virtalis has sponsored AMRC since 2006 and is involved in all AMRC projects that involve a simulation element.

Virtalis Stereoworks Activewall systems offer stereoscopic 3D viewing, from real-time interactive VR or pre-prepared stereo movies and enable full-depth perception with movements tracked accurately.

The Stereoworks range consists of the latest stereo-viewing hardware coupled with Virtalis’s own specialist software suite, Stereotools.

Virtalis is a world-leading Virtual Reality (VR) and advanced visualisation company.

Our products and systems give you the chance to really understand your information and your data, to interact with it and to foster communication.

Whatever your industry or role, we can prove that advanced visualisation, simulation and VR offer a valuable return on investment. We will arm you with an essential set of tools to improve your competitive position, make your life more efficient and reduce risk.

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