Mid Sweden University is a state university which, as its name suggests, is located in the geographic centre of Sweden.
One of its best-regarded departments is the Risk and Crisis Research Centre, which aims to get a deep understanding of how people react to crises. And, as well as bringing together academics from several disciplines, it has partnerships with several of Sweden’s largest companies.
Igloo was asked to help build the new Risk and Crisis Lab, a 40 square-metre facility, combining a wide range of simulation systems, such as surround sound, vibration, scents, and temperature. As well as simulating crisis situations, researchers can judge people’s reaction to them through, for example, eye tracking, sound recording, and physiological monitoring.
Using the Igloo Media Player and a rig of eight high-spec projectors, Igloo created the Shared VR facilities. Our system also integrates with several of the other technologies.
The University’s website tells more of the story. If your Swedish is up to it, here’s a useful video talking more about the RCR Lab’s applications. And, when it was first launched, it generated a slew of media coverage. Plus, in 2020, AV Magazine put together a super case study on the technology and software that went into the RCR Lab.
What's especially great is that the University has continued to find innovative uses for the Shared VR system.
In November 2019, the University collaborated with the Fire and Rescue Service of Jämtland County. They used the RCR Lab to create a simulated scenario in which rescue service personnel had to perform emergency procedures, including CPR, during the hectic aftermath of a violent attack in a public space.
The Igloo system played an integral part in this. A shopping centre full of customers was constructed in a virtual reality software program and streamed in real-time to the RCR Lab simulation room, enabling an artificial yet highly immersive 360° environment.
The custom-made surround sound, stage lighting, floor vibration and smoke added to the authenticity of the simulation. And to round it all off, the simulation incorporated furnishings and extras acting as distressed customers.
In 2020, we ourselves caught up with the team at Mid Sweden to dig in to put together this in-depth case study on how they've made use of the Igloo technology.
"Igloo was instantly on board. The Igloo team saw this as an exciting challenge rather than something impossible, and that was very inspiring."
Associate Professor of Sociology, Mid Sweden University
"We’re very pleased with the system, and one thing that has been particularly great is the updates to Igloo Warper - being able to layer video meant we could have one layer showing the insides of an apartment featuring several windows, and then a dynamic layer underneath showing different views from those windows, such as daylight, dusk, different weather conditions."
Manager at the RCR Simulation Lab, Mid Sweden University