Research Area : Peripherals for enhanced immersion in scientific visualization venues
The project aims to incorporate peripherals that will enhance scientists' sense of immersion while using various display venues. This can lead to improvements in the discovery process that occurs during visualization of scientific data. Peripherals can help create an illusion of realism for 3-dimensional scenes rendered from computational science datasets. Peripherals beyond a standard keyboard and mouse are needed for larger visualization venues such as ORNL's EVEREST facility and other tiled environments. The size and resolution of these venues requires that the peripherals be easy to operate, unobtrusive, and be easy to incorporate with existing visualization hardware.
(1) Researching the current state of tracking technology in the fields of consumer and industrial applications ranging from consumer (gaming) devices to those appropriate for industrial applications.
(2) How easily can these technologies be incorporated to the current visualization infrastructure.
(3) What are the best solutions for recommendations for medium Power Walls, large Power Walls, and non-coplanar displays?
(4) What is required to track in distributed (cluster-driven) visualization environments?
(5) How can we incorporate video conferencing into the EVEREST facility.