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OPTIS signs a strategic partnership agreement with Inria covering the use of the Institute’s technology platforms to test its virtual reality applications.

The immersive cube has 3 screens vertical and horizontal screen. The objective of this system is to get a real feeling of immersion for a single user. - © Inria / Photo Kaksonen

OPTIS, a world leader in software solutions for simulating optics, light and human vision based on physics, has announced the signing of a strategic contract with Inria

Under this contract, OPTIS will have access to the virtual reality infrastructure recently installed at the Inria Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée research centre in France. OPTIS Imagine, the virtual reality and simulation research division of OPTIS, also located in Sophia Antipolis, will now be able to deploy its solutions directly and easily for demonstration, experimentation and development purposes in a partnership enhanced by the close physical proximity of the two teams. Jacques Delacour, Chairman and CEO of OPTIS, explains, “Inria is a leader in its field, and can provide us with all its expertise in both software and hardware in order to help us get the most out of its infrastructure. OPTIS will also be able to deploy new VR compatible systems, software solutions and manufacturing functionalities, and test them under real world conditions in this next-generation immersive facility”.

Following the signing of this agreement, OPTIS can now invite its customers and business partners to evaluate its next-generation solutions. Jacques Delacour continues, “We are delighted to have access to a facility such as this that enables the simultaneous use of two of the main facilities used by industrial customers; an immersion cube and an image wall providing high quality relief mapping. The tests that we will carry out there will provide an essential element in the development and production engineering of future products for our customers”.

The software technology developed by OPTIS is exclusively dedicated to virtual reality, enabling decision makers, engineers and designers to immerse themselves in a realistic 3D environment in order to experience and evaluate a virtual product without the need to manufacture a physical prototype. The use of a high quality realistic visualisation in this way will make it possible to speed up decisions relating to new products and to improve current processes by reducing the development time and costs in actual projects.

Gérard Giraudon, Director of the Inria Sophia Antipolis – Méditerranée research centre, concludes, “This virtual reality infrastructure, named after Gouraud and Phong, two French pioneers in the field, was funded as part of the latest round of European State-Region Project Contracts (CPER). This funding was provided on condition that we make the facilities available to innovative digital technology SMEs for experimentation and test purposes. We are therefore delighted to provide this support to OPTIS, a French SME and a leader in its field, and with whom we have worked on a number of contracts over the past ten years. We hope that this partnership will bring our two organisations even closer together in the future, and that it will lead to more new research projects aimed at extending the use of virtual reality. This is also a joint activity that can only increase the attractiveness of this region to other organisations”.

In addition to usage case studies, the  equipment and technology developed by OPTIS will also be used to analyse the behaviour of users when immerged in a virtual reality environment with the aim of gaining a better understanding of their acceptance of a virtual world and the perceived differences between it and the real world.

The first customers of OPTIS from Japan and Korea have already visited the facility to test out this unique environment. OPTIS have also announced an event to take place in 2015 as part of an international conference to promote wider awareness of this facility.

Keywords: Virtual reality Optis Gouraud-Phong Partnership 3D environment