Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D (Hyve-3D)

Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

The laboratory houses a virtual reality system that does not require glasses and enables the collaborative creation of objects and environments through 3D sketches

Areas of expertise

Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D
The laboratory houses an innovative patented virtual reality system that enables local and remote collaboration for creating objects and environments through 3D sketches, permitting users to interact naturally with creations using the 3D cursor. Through a unique concave-spherical screen and an original projection with a trompe l’oeil effect that is not 360 degrees, the system immerses participants in a full-scale representation without the need to use intrusive glasses. Natural and intuitive interaction is achieved by moving tablets or smart phones without any trackers, combining actions on the multi-touch screen that enables drawing in 3D, manipulating these drawings or imported 3D geometries and navigating the environment in an embodied manner. Multiple users can collaborate with the system whether they are located in the same lab each with a 3D cursor, are remotely interconnected between several systems or are connected asymmetrically with non-immersive systems using a simple laptop. The lab is designed for creative fields such as architecture, design, engineering and film, but also for visualization, medicine, chemistry and science.

Research services

Research on multidisciplinary participatory design mechanisms, measuring the user experience, psychophysiological metrics of design, co-design workshops, co-design tools, interactive design, virtual reality and technological innovation with human-computer interfaces.

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Arts and cultural industries
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Consumer durables
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Transportation
Hyve-3D AMain system
Hyve-3D BSecondary system interconnected with Hyve-3D A
  • Université de Lorraine (Perseus laboratory)
  • Université Montaigne Bordeaux III (Mica laboratory)
  • Université Paris 8 (Paragraphe laboratory)
  • Université de Liège (Lucid Group laboratory)
  • Haïfa
  • Technion
  • Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
  • Design innovation (Milan)
  • Chrysler Group
  • Herman Miller
  • Thales
Hyve-3D (startup)www.hyve3d.com
Lonesome no more: When virtual reality goes socialhttps://www.innovation.ca/story/lonesome-no-more-when-virtual-reality-goes-social