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Beyond desktop point and click: Immersive walkthrough of aerospace structures

Courter, Dioselin; Springer, Jan P.; Neumann, Carsten; Cruz-Neira, Carolina; Reiners, Dirk


Dioselin Courter

Jan P. Springer

Carsten Neumann

Carolina Cruz-Neira

Dirk Reiners


There are a number of 3D applications that have shown the benefits of using visualization techniques for virtual prototyping and education in aerospace engineering. However,these applications typically run only on desktop computers and user interaction is limited to mouse and keyboard. Virtual reality technologies provide a richer set of user experience by combining stereoscopic images with interactive, multi-sensory,and viewer-centered environments.We present an interactive and immersive walk-through application of a space station that can be configured and executed on multiple operating systems and platforms. The hardware setup may vary for each platform. Some may be fully immersive environments with multiple projection screens that surround the user and provide spatial tracking, while others may only provide a single PC equipped with active stereo graphics output.Even a laptop using only monoscopic images is supported.The application has been tested in our omni-directional treadmill system, which includes spatial tracking of the user's head and is run on a graphics cluster which drives three projection screens around the treadmill. This kind of immersion using stereo projection and correctly scaled structures allows fora better sense of spatial relationships, because users receive bio-mechanical feedback during navigation by walking. For computer desktop setups, the software can be configured to run on a single screen and with a game controller for navigation.


Courter, D., Springer, J. P., Neumann, C., Cruz-Neira, C., & Reiners, D. (2010). Beyond desktop point and click: Immersive walkthrough of aerospace structures. In 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference (42948).

Conference Name 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Conference Location Big Sky, MT, USA
Start Date Mar 6, 2010
End Date Mar 13, 2010
Acceptance Date Mar 26, 2010
Online Publication Date Apr 15, 2010
Publication Date Jun 2, 2010
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages 42948
Book Title 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference
ISBN 9781424438877
Keywords Application software; Aerospace engineering; Navigation; Visualization; Virtual prototyping; Computer science education; Mice; Keyboards; Virtual reality; Space technology
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