The AlloSphere, a 30-foot diameter sphere built inside a 3-story near-to-anechoic (echo free) cube, allows for synthesis, manipulation, exploration and analysis of large-scale data sets in an environment that can simulate virtually real sensorial perception. It is a physical place designed to facilitate creativity and incubate ideas via collaboration. Researchers find a multitude of interactive interfaces for research into: scientific visualization, numerical simulations, data mining, visual/aural abstract data representations, knowledge discovery, systems integration, human perception, and many other areas of inquiry.
Scientifically, it is an instrument for gaining insight and developing bodily intuition about environments into which the body cannot venture: abstract, higher-dimensional information spaces, the worlds of the very small or very large, and the realms of the very fast or very slow, in fields ranging from nanotechnology to theoretical physics, from proteomics to cosmology, from neurophysiology to the spaces of consciousness, and from new materials to new media. Artistically, the AlloSphere is an instrument for the creation and performance of avant-garde new works and the development of entirely new modes and genres of expression and forms of immersion-based entertainment, fusing future art, architecture, music, media, games, cinema, and more.

The Allosphere Research Facility
http://www.allosphere.ucsb.edu/

JoAnn Kuchera Morin TED Talk

REFERENCE PAPERS
IMMERSIVE AUDIO AND MUSIC IN THE ALLOSPHERE - 2007Xavier Amatriain, Tobias Hollerer, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Stephen Pope

The AlloBrain: an Interactive Stereographic, 3D Audio Immersive Environment - 2008Graham Wakefield, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Marcos Novak, Dan Overholt, Lance Putnam, John Thompson, Wesley Smith


The AlloSphere: Immersive Multimedia for Scientific Discovery and Artistic Exploration - 2009
Xavier Amatriain, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Tobias Hollerer, and Stephen Travis Pope


Dynamic Interactivity Inside the AlloSphere
Charles Roberts, Matthew Wright, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Lance Putnam, Graham Wakefield


Audio in the UCSB CNSI AlloSphere


URL REFERENCES

The AlloSphere Offers an Interactive Experience of Nano-sized Worlds
http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121535