The allosphere is a three storey high metal sphere surrounding an echo
free chamber. Inside it is a single suspended bridge capable of holding
twenty people. The sphere stretches away on all sides, above and below
Every inch of surface space on the inside of the sphere is part of
the display system, connected to a mainframe which syncs every component
into a single display.
The talk sadly does not talk so much about the technical feats, but
about five scientific projects currently using the sphere for their
1. The AlloBrain
Essentially analysing fMRI and other data, in a 3D model of the brain
which is flown through in real-time, projected in a wrap-around inside
the sphere, as the researchers immerse themselves in the data.
2. Artificial Nature
Research into self-assembly systems in nature. Again, blowing these
structures up to massive scales, like being inside a microscope, interacting
with them. A single cell, is shown on the video, blown up to the scale
of the entire sphere.
3. Multi-Center Hydrogen Bond
A simulation at a far smaller scale; individual atoms in a cloud around
the researchers. Its used to manually build new molecular structures
from inside the molecule, and has been used already, to design new materials.
4. Hydrogen with Electron Flow
A single hydrogen atom simulated in the sphere, being used to analyse
its spatial dimensions and probabilities - again, serious research.
5. Electron Spin
Measurign audio-visually as a complete surround experience, decoherence
in electron spin.