Christopher Jaynes, PhD
TSC MEMBER INSTITUTION(S):
University of Kentucky
National Science Foundation
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Mersive Technologies, founded in 2004, is a company that develops and uses software to create high-resolution video displays. The company’s most recent display includes an image 25-and-a-half-feet wide and 11-feet tall and so clear you might expect to walk right into it.
The company has its roots in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments. Mersive co-founder and chief technical officer Christopher Jaynes helped establish the UK center and it was there that he mentored student Stephen Webb, another Mersive co-founder.
Mersive™ software simplifies the way high-resolution displays are designed, configured, and maintained to merge multiple projectors into a seamless display of almost any size, shape and resolution. The company has a background rooted in military simulation applications; it has created technology that can sync well over a dozen projection screens. Mersive minimizes the complexities associated with building multi-projector displays while eliminating the need for cumbersome hardware.
Mersive’s military simulation clientele includes the four branches of the US armed forces and a number of homeland security agencies. The company also counts a number of Fortune 500 corporations, museums and academic labs as clients.
UNIVERSITY-BASED RESEARCH CONNECTION:
Mersive’s technology is based on research from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering’s Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments. Mersive co-founder and chief technical officer Christopher Jaynes helped establish the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments at the University of Kentucky where he secured more than $5 million in funding to study issues related to virtual reality and novel display systems. Mersive co-founder Stephen Webb worked closely with Jaynes as an undergraduate, conducting research in multi-projector systems. As a graduate student Webb continued his work in large-scale displays, focusing on camera-based calibration methods, and developed a method for calibrating multiple projectors on curved display surfaces.
ROLE OF FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING:
Jaynes’ work at University of Kentucky was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. Mersive Technologies is a partner with NSF to define a new standard for how media can be transmitted, manipulated, and displayed on Ultra Definition (UD) devices.
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