Feb 25, 2011

Mechdyne Corporation releases getReal3D for Unity, a Unity plug-in

Marshalltown, Iowa - Mechdyne Corporation and Unity Technologies today announced "getReal3D for Unity," a Mechdyne developed addition to the Unity development platform for games and interactive 3D that extends Unity capabilities to 3D immersive environments for more realistic training and simulation scenarios.

getReal3D for Unity, a Unity plug-in, supports stereo 3D, multiple video channels, viewer-centric perspective (head tracking), and tracked interaction. These technologies give Unity-based simulations the power of a real life experience.

As a result, a wide spectrum of mainstream industries will benefit through applications such as product simulations, architectural walk-throughs and training for military, medical and first responders. With getReal3D for Unity, users will be able to create visually stunning interactive content in a fraction of the time and money currently required.

The plug-in was demonstrated for the first time in January, on a Mechdyne FLEX™ located at the Riverstone Technology Park in Virginia.

"We are pleased to take this innovation outside the world of gaming," said Julien Berta, Vice President of Technology and Innovation for Mechdyne's Software Division. "Being able to experience the rich content created in Unity in our immersive displays dramatically reduces the costs and increases the benefits for commercial, governmental and defense customers who will now be able to create interactive virtual worlds faster, more intuitively and more cost effectively."

"The addition of immersive visualization as a new platform for Unity is incredibly exciting," said Nicholas Francis, Chief Creative Officer of Unity Technologies. "Unity is already used by architects, for medical imaging and in other fields. We look forward to working with new developers who will use the platform in new areas beyond our traditional user base and take Unity to new places."

getReal3D for Unity is expected to be available in the spring of 2011 for single computers. A version supporting PC clusters, for even higher realism and performance, is planned for a Fall 2011 release. The demonstration utilized a 4-channel Mechdyne FLEX™ and a single computer equipped with the latest FirePro V9800 graphics card from AMD and graphics compositing software from Mechdyne's partner company Scalable Graphics.