Virtual reality has become a rage with Oculus Rift VR headsets and Google Daydream View headsets hitting the markets. More importantly, with the introduction of google cardboard, even a smartphone can now be used to visualize stereoscopic images and videos for literally no extra cost. This has potential applications in the field of education as well. The idea is to extend 3dmol.js to be able to project stereoscopic images so that it can be viewed using a phone browser through any low cost cardboard headset. Stereoscopic rendering will make the visualization of simulation results much clearer, especially while explaining interesting atomic scale phenomena such as bonds breaking or denaturation of proteins etc. to students in class. The users can download any of their simulation data using 3dmol.js, which will convert their files to a pair of side-by-side images providing a stereoscopic effect.



Manohar Karigerasi


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