Biomedical Sciences and Visualization

OSC Interface Laboratory

InterfaceThe Ohio Supercomputer Center has a 400 sq ft. Interface Laboratory. In addition to providing high performance graphical displays for both interactive and recorded presentations, the Interface Laboratory offers dexterous devices to precisely localize and track 3D digitization, user movements, morphometrics, and haptic (force reflecting) interaction with complex data. The Interface Laboratory also provides equipment for recording and generating various types of audio for both interaction and presentation.

Interface Laboratory Goals

The visualization and interface laboratory provides interface equipment and expertise to Ohio's researchers. Interface Laboratory goals are:

  • To provide tools for investigating novel methods for simulation and analysis of complex multimodal data.
  • To provide an environment for research and consultation in visualization and interface development.
  • To provide a workspace for demonstration, trials, and information exchange among researchers.
  • To provide access to visualization and interface equipment and software that would otherwise be unavailable to many of Ohio's researchers.
  • To provide cost-shared access to hardcopy, video, and interactive interface equipment.

Interface Laboratory Equipment and Support

Following is a list of the equipment available in the Interface Laboratory. In addition to what's listed, there are usually additional workstations and interface devices in the Interface Laboratory that are on loan to OSC for evaluation and research.

Tracking and Localization

  • Intersense IS-900 Tracking system
    • 18’ x 10’ tracked space
    • 1 head tracker
    • 1 wireless wand tracker
    • 2 wireless wrist trackers
  • Intersense InertiaCube2

Force Reflecting Devices

  • SensAble Technologies PHANToM 6DOF
  • SensAble Technologies PHANToM Premium 1.5
  • SensAble Technologies PHANToM Desktop
  • SensAble Technologies PHANToM Omni

Dexterous Devices

  • Immersion Microscribe 3D
  • SpaceTec Spaceball

Visualization cluster

  • 18 nodes, each contains:
    • two AMD 2.6GHz Dual-Core Opteron CPU's
    • 8 GBs of RAM
    • 750 GB SATA hard disk
    • two NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Graphics cards
    • Infiniband Dual Port HCA card
    • two nodes are attached to the high resolution tiled display and stereo projection system

Data Acquisition

  • Biopac MP100 physical data Acquisition system
    • Respiratory Effort Transducer
    • Galvanic Skin Response Sensor
    • Pulse Plethysmograph Sensor

Display Devices

  • Nvis nVisor SX HMD
    • 1280 x 1024 pixels per eyes (LCOS)
    • 60 degree field-of-view
  • High Resolution Tiled Display
    • 5120 x 3200 total resolution
  • Passive(polarized) Stereo Front Projections system
    • 1400 x 1050 pixel resolution
    • 12’ x 9’ projection
  • Emagin OLED Stereo Display
  • Sharp Auto-stereoscopic 3D LCD Display

Instrumented Glove Interfaces

  • Immersion wireless CyberGlove II 18 sensors, right handed
  • Immersion wireless CyberGlove II 18 sensors, left handed
  • Immersion CyberGlove w/CyberTouch System, 18 sensors, right handed
  • Immersion CyberGlove w/CyberTouch System, 18 sensors, left handed

Retired Hardware (but still available)

  • Virtual Research V8 Head Mounted Display w/stereo sound capabilities
  • Virtual Research V8 Binoculars
  • Crystal Eyes Stereo Glasses
  • Polhemus ISOTRAK II tracking system w/2 receivers
  • Polhemus FASTRAK tracking system w/ 4 receivers
  • Logitech infrared headtracker
  • Immersion Microscribe 3D
  • SpaceTec Spaceball
  • Immersion Impulse Engine 1000 Needle Insertion Simulator
  • Immersion Impulse Engine 2000 Force Reflecting Joystick
  • InteractiveIO Force Feedback Steering Wheel