scenery -- Flexible Virtual Reality Visualisation on the Java VM

16 Jun 2019  ·  Ulrik Günther, Tobias Pietzsch, Aryaman Gupta, Kyle I. S. Harrington, Pavel Tomancak, Stefan Gumhold, Ivo F. Sbalzarini ·

Life science today involves computational analysis of a large amount and variety of data, such as volumetric data acquired by state-of-the-art microscopes, or mesh data resulting from analysis of such data or simulations. Visualisation is often the first step in making sense of the data, and a crucial part of building and debugging analysis pipelines... It is therefore important that visualisations can be quickly prototyped, as well as developed or embedded into full applications. In order to better judge spatiotemporal relationships, immersive hardware, such as Virtual or Augmented Reality (VR/AR) headsets and associated controllers are becoming invaluable tools. In this work we introduce scenery, a flexible VR/AR visualisation framework for the Java VM that can handle mesh and arbitrarily large volumetric data, containing multiple views, timepoints, and color channels. scenery is free and open-source software, works on all major platforms and uses the Vulkan or OpenGL rendering APIs. We introduce scenery's main features and detail example applications, such as its use in the biomedical image analysis software Fiji, or for visualising agent-based simulations. read more

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