The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has unveiled The Cube, a 14m x 9m collaborative learning and display space at the heart of its $230 million Science and Engineering Centre at the Gardens Point campus in Brisbane.
Sitting at the centre of the facility, the Cube occupies a public gallery-like space and caters to about 500 to 1000 people per day, ranging from high school students to the QUT community and the general public.
The two interactive walls – which are connected at a 90-degree angle, hence the name – use a range of technology to operate: four 20,000-lumen 3-chip DLP Panasonic DZ21K projectors; 20 HD touch panels which present a hyper-real ‘Virtual Reef’; eight 6,000-lumen Panasonic DZ6710 projectors; two Panasonic EZ570 3LCD projectors.
“When designing the Cube, we knew we would need substantial horsepower to deliver great image quality with high resolution, vibrancy and stamina, that was of course cost-effective, too,” QUT project manager, Gavin Winter, said.
“We found that many other projectors of similar specifications were too big, too loud and too hot. Also, the 3D capability of the PT-DZ21K leaves us room to expand, and the calibration and built-in controls really make life easy for us.”
The University also reduces costs by using four newly-developed 465W UHM lamps instead of the Xenon single lamp system, while a Lamp Relay mode allows operation of the lamps alternately to enable constant projection.
The technology was installed by integrator company, Pro AV Solutions.
The Cube was first opened on February 28 by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.