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The following open source development tools are available for use
in developing virtual reality applications. Please check individual
sites for licence details.
is one of the most popular Open Source tool set for developing
virtual reality applications> Developed by VRAC, it's clustering
capabilities are a key element of the software infrastructure supporting
the 100 Million pixel C6 immersive virtual reality environment.
It is being used world-wide and includes support for most of the
popular computer platforms and virtual reality systems.
The Juggler Suite provides:
- VR Juggler virtual platform
- Device management system called Gadgeteer (local or remote access
to I/O devices)
- Standalone generic math template library
- Portable runtime that provides cross-platform thread, socket,
and serial port primitives
- Simple sound abstraction - Sonix
- Distributed model-view-controller implementation - Tweek
- XML-based configuration system with multivariate types
is an open source virtual engineering design analysis toolkit/software
package developed by Iowa State Professor Mark Bryden and a team
of VRAC researchers. Currently, VE-Suite is used in several large
organizations: John Deere, NETL, REI, and INL (Idaho National Laboratory).
VE-Suite allows users to take complex data and orchestrate them
into a more easily understood representation in two or three dimensions.
VE-Suite is an extensible software architecture and is composed
of several tools, including:
- VE-CE - Software engine that controls and
schedules information flow from one source to another. Provides
information to the virtual decision making environment
- VE-Conductor - User interface in the virtual
decision making space used to construct the virtual space and
provide users with the mechanism to control the decision making
- VE-Xplorer - Virtual decision making space
used to display graphical information to help users interpret
information provided by user-defined information sources
- VE-Open - Connects the core engines of VE-Suite.
Transfers data from user-defined information sources to VE-Suite
VE-Suite enables users to simultaneously interact with engineering
analyses and graphical models to create a virtual decision-making
environment. Currently, this package can read, display, and combine
multiple steady and transient data sets including experimental data,
CAD data, and CFD/FEA results in both two and three dimensions.
is a portable scenegraph system that creates realtime graphics for
virtual reality applications. Initiated by Dirk Reiners (a new HCI
faculty member at Iowa State), Allen Bierbaum, and Kent Watsen,
OpenSG is the rendering basis on top of which VR systems can be
built [ it is not a complete VR system]. The tool provides: portability,
multi-threading support, support for multiple graphics pipes and
clusters, extensibility and reflectivity, flexibility. Follows Open
Source (LGPL) principles, and runs on IRIX, Windows and Linux.
All scenegraphs are designed to render a scene. Most scene graph
have nodes such as group, geometry, etc. About 80% geometry is common
between most scene graphs. The 20% that is different is what OpenSG
is so good at handling, this is primarily its extensibility, multi-thread
safety and clustering capabilities. For
tutorials on Using OpenSG
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