Virtalis has installed an entry-level Activemove Virtual Reality (VR) system and its software plug-in, enhancing the stereoscopic 3D viewing of Pymol at the University of Arkansas.
The system allows staff and students at the Centre for Protein Function and Structure within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to be immersed in and interact with the VR environment.
Now we can see the intricate three-dimensional geometry of the folded protein structures,' said Prof James Hinton.
'Using movies made with this system, we are able to study protein-protein interaction and docking of proteins with small molecules for the examination of binding sites, and how changes in the small molecule affects the binding process,' he added.
With Activemove, data can be visualised in stereoscopic 3D with full immersion and interaction, due to Virtalis' integrated head and hand tracking solution.
This added functionality alters the perspective of the visuals according to the user's position and orientation within the scene.
Virtalis has brought these qualities to Pymol, a molecular viewer, giving the ability to interact with chemical structures via a tracked, hand-held device.
Pymol renders publication-quality illustrations of macromolecules, including drug targets.
Molecular animations can be created through simple object and camera motions or through input of trajectories from molecular dynamics simulations, and other dynamic conformational ensembles.
Activemove comprises an active, stereoscopic 3D projector with a rear projection screen in a dedicated enclosure, coupled with a PC, eyewear, head and hand tracking, installation and Virtalis enabling software and support.