Interacting with Scientific Visualizations: User-Interface Tools within Spatially Immersive Displays
|Title||Interacting with Scientific Visualizations: User-Interface Tools within Spatially Immersive Displays|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Authors||Bresnahan, J, Insley, JA, Papka, ME|
User interfaces represent a doorknob to computer applications and directly relate to the usability of a given application. The desktop WIMP interface has been developed and refined over the past 15 years and works well for the desktop environment. The question is, What does one do in the case of today\'s three-dimensional immersive environments? Does one translate the desktop tools to the 3D space, and how does one interact within these spaces? In building numerous immersive scientific visualization applications, we have developed a variety of different user interface tools for use within these environments. These interfaces include methods of controlling and driving the applications, tools for navigating datasets, and underlying libraries for the development of collaborative versions of these tools. With the development of these tools, we have learned many lessons, as well as gained new insight into future user interface work.