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John O’Hare

+44 (0)161 295 3237


It’s an exciting time for virtual reality. As the technology becomes more affordable, it is influencing the way we live, work and learn.

Octave is a world-class, immersive 3D experience which engages sight, sound and touch and is capable of connecting people from around the world in one single virtual reality.



As you would expect, generating the compelling and real sensations of one of the world’s most immersive 3D experiences requires some seriously impressive technical kit. You can discover more about what lies behind Octave here.

Octave Specification


  • 14 Christie S+3K projectors
  • Single architecture 20 megapixel image generator (shortlisted for Green Gown award)
  • 3D free viewpoint video capture
  • Chromatte and trans-retro reflective materials for studio quality background segmentation
  • Display: eight screen modules that can be moved in different spatial configurations - full octagon; two caves; one cave, one panorama and one wall


132-channel wave field synthesis acoustic system spread over 264 speakers – provides a fully authentic acoustic experience while the user is immersed in the images.


Moog HapticMaster robotic arm

Hear what PhD student Sean Hill has to say about the Octave and how the virtual environment has helped his research

John O'Hare

John O'Hare

A results driven, certified Prince2 Agile Practitioner. Leveraging proven analytical ability, and drawing on 26 years of experience at the University of Salford. Excellent communication skills at all levels developed through experience of managing a number of key projects with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Completed a PhD in "Attention in Telepresence"​ while developing the full potential of the octave 14 channel immersive VR platform and the 40 megapixel multi-modal research platform in MediaCityUK.