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Paper w78-2000-457:
Virtual reality: human interface to product data

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Hemio T, Salonen M

Virtual reality: human interface to product data

Abstract: "Product models are far too complicated for everyday users to browse or edit without a graphical user interface hiding the complexity of the data structure. Public domain virtual reality browser can be used as an interface to a background application, like ProMoTe, capable of launching other applications like CAD programs, word processors, spread sheets and instance editors. All data linked to an instance can be browsed and edited by simply pointing the instance from the VR model and then selecting preferred operation from a popup menu. This enables editing of data in the model itself and editing of all external files linked instances. If the product model is accessed through the Internet, VR model provides an ultra light interface to the shared model. When user makes a request to the server, it automatically generates a new VR model according to specifications in the data model. Downloading the generated VR model, user can select the instance he wants to browse. The actual transfer of data is controlled by the background application, which provides all the functionality required for the connection to the server. Also control over downloaded data, including the capability of launching the required applications for linked files, is provided by this background application."



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Cluster: papers of the same cluster (result of machine made clusters)
Class: class.man-software (0.061742) class.represent (0.032886) class.bestPractise (0.018806)
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Permission to reproduce these documents have been graciously provided by Icelandic Building Research Institute. The assistance of the editor, Mr. Gudni Gudnason, is gratefully appreciated


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