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The students of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal have a total of three fully equipped Oculus Rift systems at their disposal. The head-mounted display, which was developed by Oculus Rift VR, has a resolution of 2160*1200 pixels and integrated headphones. With the help of three pre-installed tracking sensors, as well as external infrared LEDs integrated into the glasses, movements are detected. In addition, each system contains two motion controllers. In the virtual world, it is thus possible to gesture, point at things or interact with them. In this way, one learns to deal intuitively with one's surroundings.
Two fully autarkic Hololens systems are available in the VR lab. The Hololens uses augmented reality or mixed reality and thus, unlike virtual reality, the user is not completely shielded from reality. People, places and objects from the physical and digital world are combined. Digital content can be visualised by interacting with holograms and working with these holograms as part of the real world.
The DJI Mavic Pro is equipped with a 4K camera, a visual navigation system and a range of up to 7km. The flight time is 27 minutes.
The DJI Inspire is also equipped with a 4K camera, which provides crisp footage. The integrated autopilot can take over the control for the user and thus one can fully concentrate on the shots. The flight time is 18 minutes.
The DJI Matrice 210 RTK V2 has a battery capacity of 7660 mAh. The powerful battery thus ensures a flight time of 33 minutes. A 4K camera ensures precise recordings.
In the BIM laboratory, 12 modern PCs equipped with the latest software are available at all times. The computers are updated and maintained at regular intervals. This ensures that the latest software version is installed. The Windows 10 operating system is installed on all computers.
In addition to Microsoft Office, Autodesk BIM 360 Revit 2019, Autodesk Revit 2019, Desite MD Pro, Solibri, Tekla BImSight, ArchiCAD 23 and many other programs are installed.
The two Asus Rog Zephyrus GX501 15.6 inch laptops are equipped with the latest software. Windows 10 Education is installed as the operating system.
The software is updated at regular intervals so that the user can work with the latest version. The laptops have a storage capacity of 256 GB and a working memory of 24 GB.
Besides Microsoft Office, Artec Studio 14 Professional, Autodesk Advanced Steel 2019, Autodesk BIM 360 Revit 2019, Autodesk Revit 2019 and many other programmes are installed.
3D laser scanner
The Faro Focus 3D X 130 has a range of 130 m and is suitable for scanning applications in architecture, BIM, heritage conservation, forensics, shipbuilding, plant engineering, CGI and many more. The integrated GPS receiver makes it easier to assign individual scans during post-processing. The Faro Focus 3D X 130 captures building facades and structures, production and utility facilities, accident sites or large components quickly and accurately. The Focus X 130 has a size of 20x20x16 cm and weighs only 5.2 kg. The long battery life of 4.5 hours makes it possible to work with the scanner for several hours.
Two highly modern readers equipped with the latest software are available to read the RFID transponders. NordicID Merlin UHF RFID Cross Dipole has an ARM11 532 MHz processor. The operating system Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 is also installed. The memory capacity is 256 MB DDR RAM. The reader has a frequency range of 865.6-867.6 MHZ (ETSI). Furthermore, the reading range is 5 m (RF power). The NordicID Merlin reader reads all common 1D codes and has an auto-range function.
The Intermec CN3e reader has a read range of 6.09-304.8 cm and a write range of 30.5-60.9 cm. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 2400 mAh and allows the reader to work for several hours. The reader also has a Bluetooth function. This means that the read data can be transferred to a terminal device (e.g. computer or smartphone) via Bluetooth.
An RFID (radio-frequency identification) transponder consists of an antenna, an analogue circuit for receiving and transmitting, a digital circuit and a memory. The RFID transponder is used to uniquely identify objects with the help of information previously stored on the transponder. RFID transponders differ in their appearance depending on the area of application. In addition, the other parameters, such as the radio frequency, transmission speed, service life, storage space and range of functions, can also differ. One advantage of RFID transponders is that they do not have to be in the field of vision to be read.