5DT (Fifth Dimension Technologies) is a high technology
company specializing in Virtual Reality (VR). 5DT develops,
produces and distributes VR hardware, software and systems.
5DT also develops turnkey VR systems for clients.
5DT - Virtual Reality
for the Real World! SM
5DT's main focus is Training Simulators (Virtual Reality),
Training Systems (Computer Based Training - CBT) and
Virtual Reality Peripherals. Most of the 5DT systems
and products may be customized to suit the requirements
of a user.
At 5DT we believe that:
"Virtual Reality is not intended to replace reality-based
training; instead, it is a powerful training medium
to prepare the trainee for reality-based training."
We also believe that:
"If a picture says more than a thousand words, a
virtual reality experience says more than a million."
Virtual Reality is the ultimate training medium.
The Virtual Reality industry has been plagued by hype.
This led to unrealistically high expectations by prospective
users, and generally gave the industry a bad name when
these expectations could not be met. With this in mind,
we coined our company slogan:
Our Mission is to provide solid solutions that
We strive to be low on hype, and high on results. Instead
of promising prospective customers the world, we have
adopted a 'Technology Demonstrator' approach.
If a client approaches us for a training solution, and
we do not have a suitable product that would match the
training needs of the client directly, we demonstrate
similar products to the client. This helps us to determine
the exact training needs of the client. We then normally
propose the development of a 'Technology Demonstrator'.
With such a demonstrator we try to provide the client
with a system that addresses the most important and
critical issues of the required training solution. We
normally develop the Tech Demo at a fraction
of the cost of the final solution. The Tech Demos
have proven to be very useful for our clients to visualize
their solutions in advance, and also to demonstrate
the proposed solution to their superiors or board members
that have to make the final buying decision. The Tech
Demo is also an ideal specification development
We fully realize that:
"It is easy to promise; much
more difficult to demonstrate".
We therefore try to base our promises on technologies
that we have mastered.
5DT developed their own Software Development Kit (5DT
SDK). The 5DT SDK is a comprehensive set of C++ class
libraries that contain components for building Virtual
Reality applications. This fully-documented SDK enables
5DT developers to share and re-use developed code. Using
the 5DT SDK, technology demonstrators and full training
solutions may be developed much faster than before.
Virtual Reality is our passion! Whilst doing
everything documented in this web site, we also strive
to enjoy what we are doing.
5DT consists of a small
group (30 people) of highly talented, qualified and motivated
individuals. 5DT's potential and capabilities are based
on a solid knowledge and deep understanding of Mathematics,
Physics, Engineering, Computer Science and Business.
5DT's Development Group consists of Electronics Engineers, Computer Scientists, Artists and Educationalists.
The Development Group is supported by Management-, Admin- and Manufacturing Teams.
Software Skills Portfolio
5DT has a wide range of products, including VR Hardware, VR Training Simulators and Computer Based Training (CBT) Systems.
include products like the:
5DT Data Glove Series (6 different products)
5DT Head Mounted Display
5DT Virtual Binoculars
5DT Space Controller
5DT 3DOF Orientation Tracker
VR Training Simulators and CBT Systems
include training and visualization solutions in the following fields:
5DT also distributes a wide range of VR Hardware and Software products.
For more information click on Products.
5DT's Software Development Kit (5DT
SDK) forms the core of 5DT's software development
efforts. Using the 5DT SDK, technology demonstrators and
full training solutions may be developed much faster than
Networked Simulator Standards Portfolio
5DT personnel has a working knowledge and development experience of the following software:
Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 (Microsoft)
Linux (Red Hat)
Windows CE (Microsoft)
C++, Visual C++ (also Win32 and MFC programming), GCC
Visual Basic (Microsoft)
3-D Studio MAX (Autodesk)
Virtual Landscape Development:
TerrainPro (Development of OpenFlight-compatible virtual landscapes) (Terrex)
5DT Landscape Development Kit (5DT LDK)
C++ Class Libraries:
5DT Software Development Kit (5DT SDK)
VTree Pro (CG2
VAPS (Virtual Prototypes Inc.)
Geographical Information Systems:
ER Mapper (Earth Resource
RenderWare (Criterion Software)
STAGE (Virtual Prototypes Inc.)
FlightSim (Virtual Prototypes Inc.)
HeliSim (Virtual Prototypes Inc.)
Hardware Skills Portfolio
5DT has the following Specific
Hardware Design and Development skills:
Serial Interfaces (RS 232)
Programmable Integrated Circuits (PICs)
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design
Design and Development of Custom Controllers for Simulators
Commercialization of products ('productization'')
Rapid prototype development using laser lithography (The
5DT HMD and 5DT Virtual Binoculars shells were developed
using this technology)
Display Systems Portfolio
5DT personnel has a working knowledge and development experience of the following networked simulator standards:
High Level Architecture (HLA)
5DT also has its own internal networking protocol for Networked Simulators.
5DT personnel has a working knowledge and development experience of the following Display Systems:
Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) (Fully immersive as well as transparant (see-thru)).
Single- and Multi-monitor Displays.
Single- and Multi-projector Displays (Front- as well as
The following unique technologies or components form the core of 5DT's development potential:
||5DT Software Development Kit (5DT SDK)
||Using the 5DT SDK, technology demonstrators and full training solutions may be developed very rapidly.
||5DT Flexure Measurement Technology
||5DT's fiber optic flexure measurement technology forms the basis of the 5DT Data Glove Series.
5DT's preferred development platform is the Intel Pentium III/IV Central Processing Unit (CPU) with the
Quality Assurance (ISO 9001)
NVIDIA GeForce 3 Graphics Processor Unit (GPU), operating under Windows 98/2000.
In January 2001 5DT embarked on the road
towards ISO 9001 (version 2000) certification. Our objective is to be ISO 9001
certified before 30 the end of the year.
5DT's biggest customers to date are:
||European Aeronautics Defense and Space Company (EADS)
(Formerly known as DaimlerChrysler Aerospace)
|ESKOM (Fifth biggest utility company in the world)|
|De Beers (Diamonds)|
5DT is a privately held group. 5DT Inc. is
a Delaware, USA, Corporation, whilst 5DT (Fifth Dimension Technologies) is a South
African Private Company ((Pty) Ltd).
Our preferred medium of communication is via e-mail or by using our standard Contact Form.
If you wish to speak to someone in person, or want to arrange a demonstration at one of our offices, please use the following information:
States and Americas
15375 Barranca Pkwy, G-103
Irvine, CA 92618
United States of America
25 De Havilland Crescent, P.O. Box 5
Persequor Park, 0020
||+1 949 450 9044
||+27 12 349-2690
||+1 949 450 9045
||+27 12 349-1404
||10 AM - 6PM (10:00 - 18:00)
Daylight savings time is observed.
|08:00 - 17:00
||Pacific Time* (GMT -8 hours)
||GMT +2 hours
* Daylight savings time is observed.
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