RBVI's "Visualization Vault"
Our Research Center has created a special room for viewing high-definition images
of macromolecular structures in 3-D using stereoscopic glasses. We call it our "Viz Vault."
It's ideal for demonstrating the interactive visualization and analysis software that we develop,
and for collaborative science projects with other researchers.
The Viz Vault is also equipped with an HTC Vive virtual reality headset for immersive views of molecular structures,
3D light microscopy and electron microscopy using our
The user sees holographic room-size atomic models and microscopy data, and can literally walk through
the data to ideal vantage points and analyze the data using tracked hand controllers for clicking on
objects in the scene. The headset is powered by an NVIDIA Quadro P6000
The Viz Vault uses a
Christie Digital Mirage S+4K
video projector (1400x1050 resolution) capable of 120Hz vertical refresh rate.
The fast vertical refresh allows images to be displayed at 120 frames per second. For viewing
stereoscopic 3-D images, a slightly different image is projected every other frame. The projector is
coupled to an infrared (IR) emitter which floods the room with invisible IR light during one of these frames,
but not the other. Users then don a pair of liquid crystal "shutter" glasses such as
RealD's CrystalEyes 4S
that alternately turn opaque, first for one eye and then for the other eye. The glasses are synchronized to the
different images from the projector via the IR light beam, and the result is that the user perceives a
three-dimensional image that appears to be floating in space in front of the projector screen.
A workstation running Windows 10 and a NVIDIA Quadro P6000 graphics card
with hardware stereo synchronization drives the system
(NVidia driver version 430.39, April 23, 2019, flat panel must be the primary display).
[This system has reached end-of-life and will be replaced soon.]
Enhanced Understanding of Complex Biological Structures
Both VR and stereoscopic viewing are especially useful for understanding the complex spatial relationships inherient
in large molecular structures such as viruses, proteins, and nucleic acids, and the details of these relationships
are often critical to understanding how these molecules deliver their biological function.