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Published December 08, 2010, 05:00 PM

Getting a 3D Look at Research

Students at the University of Minnesota-Crookston are using 3D technology to help with research. This new technology will allow students to see their projects from all angles.

Students at the University of Minnesota Crookston are using 3-D technology to help with research. This new technology will allow students to see their projects from all angles.

The Technology is called 3D Immersion and it allows you to step into your research and bring it to life by it being projected in front of you and at your feet.

"It will show you that Andrea Gail Ship as it's trying to leave the storm and show you the exact location of the weather system," said Dr. Adel Ali the head of the Math, Science and Technology Department at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

University of Minnesota-Crookston Students are making their research stand out.Its like going to a 3D movie but with 4 projectors, sensoring equipment and you at the controls.

"The computer will be able to track the glasses, the 3D glasses you are wearing, and be able to track the wand you are using and it will adjust the perspective," said Ali.

Ali says using this program can help the Red River Valley develop new flood protection plans.

"If you do have a flood with 30 feet or 20 feet, where the water will exactly go and when," said Ali.

Using this program students are able to also navigate through buildings and simulate gravity.

"You can virtually build an entire building and test it for strengths, you can test it for security, safety and evacuation," said Ali.

Ali says this immersion technology can be used in any type of research and is easy enough for anyone to use.

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