Northstar™ is 3D perception’s integrated simulation display solution, providing industry-leading display processing and management, projection and image optimization, and precision automatic image alignment and calibration, all under a centralized system interface.
– Centralized system control via nControl software
– Industry-leading image auto-calibration precision, reliability, and speed
– Push-button color and luminance calibration
– Image Generator and projector independent options
Auto-aligning Instrumented Screens
3D perception’s Aurora auto-aligning instrumented screens feature embedded sensors which detect the alignment and quality of projector images. The data captured is used by the nControl software to apply geometry correction, edge blending, and lens distortion correction on each channel in the multi-image projection theatre to result in a perfectly and seamlessly aligned, warped, and blended image.
Completely Independent Warp, Blend, and Display Management
At the heart of 3D perception’s Northstar solution is nBox, an all-in-one display processor that warps, blends, and color corrects raw IG content. nBox outputs to multiple projectors and seamlessly displays imagery across any shaped screen. nBox calibrates color, gamma, contrast and compensates for hot spots, creating a truly consistent image.
3D perception products are projector-independent. This allows our customers to retain the benefits of a rapidly advancing feature set available in the professional projector marketplace. Not every commercially available projector should be used in a real-time, long service life, deterministic environment. This is why we have developed the Northstar Simulation Certified Projector Program – to indicate to our customers the specific projectors that pass our qualification of fit for use in professional simulation environments and are fully interoperable and seamlessly managed within 3D perception’s Northstar solution.
For Northstar systems where Aurora’s screen-based sensors are impractical, including soft-screens, rear-projection, collimated screens, or for system upgrades, StarScan is the ideal solution for precision automatic image alignment. StarScan devices can be mounted virtually anywhere in the display system and can automatically align itself using reference points on the screen, enabling repeatable, high accuracy performance, even from off-center locations. Using precision gimbal pointing, StarScan operated up to a 360° azimuth and 135° elevation range, with options for eye-limiting resolution accuracy.
3D perception’s Eclipse™ Dynamic Optical Blenders remove the visible edges and render the image seamless across the entire display. The blenders optimize the image without sacrificing contrast in favor of black level uniformity. Blenders automatically make adjustments to the scene upon receiving time-of-day signals from the simulator. The Northstar system allows for smooth interpolation between scenarios, enabling a seamless and dynamic transition from day to night without interruption.