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Stony Brook University's Reality Deck

A three-dimensional model of E. Coli bacteria proteins

A three-dimensional model of E. Coli bacteria proteins is displayed at demonstration of a new visualization room at Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Stony Brook University's newest computer science feat is called The Reality Deck, a $2 million virtual reality theater that is akin to the fictional Holodeck from "Star Trek," where Starship Enterprise officers could find themselves in another place and time.

Stony Brook University scientists believe their technology will be far-reaching and help better detect cancers, build antibiotics, predict climate changes and map the universe.

The 627-square-foot room's four walls are tiled floor-to-ceiling with 416 high-resolution flat-screen monitors, allowing scientists, engineers and physicians to visualize huge amounts of data unlike anything they've been able to do before, its Stony Brook creators said.

Arie E. Kaufman, chief scientist of Stony Brook
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Arie E. Kaufman, chief scientist of Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, watches a demonstration of the center's new 360-degree visualization room. (Nov. 15, 2012)

A satellite image of Long Island is displayed
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A satellite image of Long Island is displayed for visitors during at a demonstration of the new high-tech visualization room at Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

A satellite image of the Earth surrounds viewers
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A satellite image of the Earth surrounds viewers at the newly unveiled visualization room at the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology at Stony Brook University. (Nov. 15, 2012)

A 360-degree image of the galaxy is displayed
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A 360-degree image of the galaxy is displayed for visitors during a demonstration of a new visualization facility at Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

A three-dimensional model of E. Coli bacteria proteins
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A three-dimensional model of E. Coli bacteria proteins is displayed at demonstration of a new visualization room at Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

A 360-degree image of the galaxy is displayed
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A 360-degree image of the galaxy is displayed for visitors during a demonstration of a new visualization facility that was unveiled by Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

Thousands of works of art are simultaneously displayed
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Thousands of works of art are simultaneously displayed at a new visualization facility unveiled by Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

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