Original Date: 01/23/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Multi-Dimensional User-Oriented Synthetic Environment
The Sandia National Laboraties (SNL) developed Multi-Dimensional User-Oriented Synthetic Environment is a leading edge virtual environment which demonstrates new approaches for interacting with computer-based information. The virtual reality environment of Multi-Dimensional User-Oriented Synthetic Environment integrates high performance computer graphics imagery, audio, and input devices to provide users with an enhanced capability to examine, question, and understand relationships in complex information space.
Initiated in 1991, Multi-Dimensional User-Oriented Synthetic Environment can investigate new approaches for multi-dimensional representation of complex information. It provides an open software system that simplifies development of interactive graphical models and software, provides a device-independent framework for dynamically presenting information, and creates a user-controlled environment to enhance the speed of human perception of that information. The Multi-Dimensional User-Oriented Synthetic Environment system is a software shell that integrates a number of software systems and hardware devices to provide an integrated environment. High performance graphics are generated by a Silicon Graphics ONYXTM workstation, and interfaces include a boom video display, room projection system (with three-dimensional viewing through Crystal EyesTM glasses), a voice control and voice response mechanism, and an auditory display for mapping technical data into sound (with pitch, amplitude, and voice variation).
The Multi-Dimensional User-Oriented Synthetic Environment project has developed several demonstrations of this technology on real world applications such as manufacturing design and assembly analysis, operation of a multi-chip module (circuit simulation, thermal conductivity, stress analysis), data analysis of seismic information, medical imaging of a human head, and dynamic simulation of explosive welding. Project staff have been able to rapidly integrate applications data in a variety of formats from different applications such as ProEngineer, SPICE, and finite element systems.
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