i-DAT launched – a central repository for its Operating Systems on the 27/11/2010. Nearly 10 years later it is archiving these projects as they have evolved into the Quorum Programme. This website used to be and part of the OP-SY Programme.


Dome-OS has been folded into the Immersive Vision Theatre. A new System Diagram can be found on this page:


Dome-OS   System  Projects  Information

The consequences of various world plans could be computed and projected, using the accumulated history-long inventory of economic, demographic, and sociological data. All the world would be dynamically viewable and picturable and radioable to all the world, so that common consideration in a most educated manner of all world problems by all world people would become a practical event.Buckminster Fuller, Education Automation (1962)

i-DAT is developing a range of ‘Operating Systems’ to dynamically manifest ‘data’ as experience in order to enhance perspectives on a complex world. The Operating Systems project explores data as an abstract and invisible material that generates a dynamic mirror image of our biological, ecological and social activities.

At the core of these developments is the Immersive Vision Theatre, a transdisciplinary instrument for the manifestation of material, immaterial and imaginary worlds. The ‘Full Dome’ architecture houses two powerful high-resolution (fish-eye) projectors and a spatialised audio system.

A number of initiatives are being investigated to enable the rendering of real-world data into forms suitable for projection into immersive domed environments. Dome-OS preoccupation is with real-time, real-world data feeds and visualise these in a suitable manner for projection in a dome. Even as new game engine technologies open up opportunities for dome environments, the problem presents a series of complex challenges across multiple domains.




[FullDome operating system] Dome-OS explores new production processes to visualise complex real-time data sets within FullDome immersive environments. Taking advantage of the Plymouth University’s Immersive Vision Theatre the research has been a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaborations within international FullDome community.

I: Dome-OS is designed to access live and recorded feeds from all of the above Operating Systems and data from a variety of disciplines, ranging from Psychology, medial, entomological to Earth Sciences.
O: Through the use of data feeds, 3D modelling software, game engines and physical sensors Dome-OS provides high resolution visualisations and sonifications for FullDome environments.

The system has been developed for single fish eye projector FullDomes, such as the Immersive Vision Theatre and i-DAT’s inflatable domes. It can be used in multi-projector scenarios fitted with real-time inputs.

1: IVT / 2: IVT digram / 3: IVT screen / 4: 3.5 meter .5 inflatable dome (Elumenati pressurised half dome) / 5: 5 meter GoDome. Inflatable.



Murmuration View Project

Fly-Thru View Project

Data-Scape View Project

FDUK View Project

Scale-Electric View Project


Dome-OS is a component of the i-DAT Operating Systems project is managed by the Institute of Digital Art & Technology, and produced by members of the Centre for Media Art & Design Research, in collaboration with members of the School of Computing & Mathematics, Plymouth University.

Dome-OS development team:

Project partners


i-DAT’s Operating Systems have been developed in collaboration with:

Dome-OS has been folded into the Immersive Vision Theatre. A new System Diagram can be found on this page: