Development of Virtual and Mixed Reality Research Tools
Immersive Science (ImmSci) develops perceptual experiences, not simply visualization tools. After all the hard work you’ve put into collecting your research data, we make it fast and simple to engage with your data, to see and experience every dimension. We bring the full power of the human visual perception system to bear on your research question.
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Immersive Science was started by Tom Skillman to build and distribute custom XR (VR&AR) applications for the scientific research community. ImmSci builds on the immersive VR experiences that he built with immune system researchers at Benaroya Research Institute. Working with those scientists he developed VR applications for confocal microscopy and flow cytometry that enabled scientists to be immerse in their data. The ability to both see and interact with their data (grabbing, scaling, adjusting, sharing) significantly accelerates understanding.
Examples of ImmSci tools have been published in The Journal of Molecular Biology, and described in Nature Toolbox and GeekWire. (See News & Publications)
Cellular Structure Microscopy
View confocal microscope image-stacks in fully immersive Virtual Reality. Compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus RIft, and Microsoft Mixed Reality. Developed for researchers to allow you to see details of cell structure in your images that you have never seen or appreciated before. Use ImageJ (free from NIH) to convert confocal microscope image stacks into 3D volumetric object files (NIfTI ) that you can then view.
Flow Cytometry Data Immersion
View multichannel flow cytometry data as 3D point cloud plots allowing you to significantly increase your understanding of data. View measured parameters in VR quickly and interactively, instantaneously switching which parameters are plotted on which axis. Includes 3D gating and outputs per-gate parameters. Interpret your data over 3x faster.
- Preprocess FCS files with FlowJo, Diva, or equivalent, then output a “csv” data file for immersive viewing in FCS-VR.
- Contact us for software licensing details.
Protein Structure Analysis
Like AltPDB Open but with the added ability to grab, rotate, and scale proteins, and explore even more complex visualizations. AltPDB Research is linked to a back-end server running a sophisticated protein modeling package, ChimeraX
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ChimeraX Protein Analytics
ChimeraX from UCSF is a great VR tool for the display an analysis of protein structures. It downloads geometry data from the Protein Data Bank (PDB) and displays in VR. You can view an ion-channel a meter tall in front of you. It has a large number of visualization and protein manipulation tools. It is included here on ImmSci.com as its protein capabilities complement the cell, tissue, and organ immersion capabilities of ConfocalVR.
ImmSci Portable VR Workstation
ImmSci now offers a pre-configured portable VR system that can get you setup and running ImmSci developed applications quickly. Avoid the distraction of learning all the low level XR setup details and show off your research to sponsors and collaborators more quickly.
ImmSci Portable Workstation includes:
- ASUS 1070 GPU Laptop
- Samsung Odyssey “Windows Mixed Reality” VR System
- Evaluation licenses for ImmSci tools: