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VirtualExplorer: a plugin-based virtual reality framework
Author(s): Falko Kuester; Bernd Hamann; Kenneth I. Joy
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Paper Abstract

This paper introduces VirtualExplorer, a customizable plugin- based virtual reality framework for immersive scientific data visualization, exploration and geometric modeling. The framework is layered on to of a run-time plugin system and reconfigurable virtual user interface and provides a variety of plugin components. The system provides access to scene- graph-based APIs, including Performer and OpenInventor, direct OpenGL support for visualization of time-critical data as well as collision and generic device mangers. Plugins can be loaded, disabled, enabled or unloaded at any time, triggered either through pre-defined events or through an external Python-based interface. The virtual user interface uses pre- defined geometric primitives that can be customized to meet application-specific needs. The entire widget set can be reconfigured dynamically on a per-widget basis or as a whole through a style manager. The system is being developed with a variety of application areas in mind, but its main emphasis is on user-guided data exploration and high-precision engineering design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 June 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4297, Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems VIII, (22 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.430844
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Falko Kuester, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)
Bernd Hamann, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)
Kenneth I. Joy, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4297:
Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems VIII
Mark T. Bolas; Andrew J. Woods; Mark T. Bolas; John O. Merritt; Stephen A. Benton, Editor(s)

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