ImmersiveViz was developed as a component to monitor head tracking and rotate the molecule displayed in such a manner to provide an immersive experience. The ImmersiveViz (MolViz) software integrates two forms of head tracking: Wiimote infrared (IR) based (active tracking) and webcam based (passive tracking). By rotating the molecule in a direction opposite to the motion of the user's head we provide a 3D experience; to the user, it appears as if they are 'peeking' around the side of the object.
Our system contains a head tracking thread which communicates the users position to a PyMol script via a socket. The PyMol script unpacks the message and updates the world respectively. All rotation is done around the virtual origin in PyMol and zoom is also considered.
We are also developing a Wiimote-based interface whereby the Wii remote can be used as an high degree-of-freedom input device (i.e. a 3d mouse).
Comments, questions, and feedback can be sent to molviz (at) googlegroups (dot) com
- Project Information: http://molviz.cs.toronto.edu/molviz
- Project Discussion: http://groups.google.com/group/molviz
- Project Page: http://code.google.com/p/immersive-viz/
- Source: here and here
- Instructions: here and here