It simplifies simulation for developers in mechanical CAD, R&D, or 3D e-commerce allowing them to “hand-enable” their applications. The SDK consist of three main components:
- Device Manager: A multiplatform (W2K, NT, IRIX, and WinXP) network-aware device driver system for CyberGlove, CyberTouch, CyberGrasp, and CyberForce systems, as well as the Polhemus Fastrak and Ascension Flock of Birds six degrees of freedom (DOF) trackers.
- Device Configuration Utility: A user friendly Windows-like interface to calibrate and configure your gloves, touches, grasps, and six-DOF trackers. The DCU allows you to save configurations and configure default settings.
- VirtualHand API: A fully featured C++ development library including support for collision detection, hand interaction management, and force feedback.
- Offers an object-oriented model with an accompanying C++ library.
- Provides a general framework for constructing hand-enabled simulations from scratch or for integrating hand-interaction into existing applications.
- Includes a device configuration utility that lets users calibrate and configure CyberGlove Systems’s CyberGlove wired products and supported trackers in an intuitive and graphical manner.
- Offers real-time collision detection capabilities between 3D digital objects.
- Provides a force feedback interface for CyberGrasp and CyberForce system users.
- Offers full network support. A user can run an application on a host computer while getting device data from another machine, permitting interaction with geographically distributed teams.
- Includes grasping algorithms for picking up any arbitrary object loaded into the scene.
- Includes “ghost-hand” support for managing position-tracker offsets to prevent the graphical hand from passing through objects.
- Provides a fast polygon-level, collision-detection engine, including an open API for support of specialized third-party collision modules.
- Supplies an open API for model import and interfacing with third-party visualization software. A VRML/Cosmo (SGI Optimizer 1.2) implementation is included.
- Provides significantly improved overall structure with better run-time integrity and more complete error handling.
- Supplies acomplete set of open source demonstration applications showing how each of the toolkit features can be used in your development.
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