Upgrading “MOVES Gadgets Den” Resource

Upgrading “MOVES Gadgets Den” Resource
Juanita Perez
MOVES Institute, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943
Dr. Amela Sadagic, Research Associate Professor
Results: Virtual Reality Devices
Virtual reality (VR) devices are instruments that allow a
user not only to see a 3D image but also to interact with
it. VR devices are employed in numerous fields like
scientific visualizations, medicine, education, training,
and can also be used to operate dangerous
The objective of this internship was to expand
MOVES Institute online resource – MOVES Gadgets
Den - that offers information about virtual reality
devices stored in the institute. The website is a onestop-shop for all input and output devices in the
institute, and creates a resource that will help everyone
get information about given devices quickly. The main
user of this resource devices are students who need to
use devices in assignments in lab classes and for the
students thesis research topics. The website had some
VR devices already added into the website, but a
description for many other devices was still missing. A
total of 9 devices were tested and software support
installed. A total of 23 pages have been created and
added to MOVES Gadgets Den resource.
Virtual reality is a term that applies to computer-simulated environments that is presented to users display
solutions where interaction with imaginary worlds is done via input devices. Most current virtual reality
environments present primarily visual experiences, displayed either on a computer screen or through special
stereoscopic displays. However some simulations include additional sensory information, such as sound
through speakers or headphones, or haptic sensory information using appropriate haptic devices.
Novint Falcon 3D touch device, which allows users to use
their sense of touch in computing. Novint has two primary
areas of focus, video games and training or learning
systems. A user can move the grip in three dimensions
(right-left and forwards-backwards, like a mouse, but also
up-down, unlike a mouse). The Falcon's software keeps
track of where the grip is moved and creates forces that the
user can feel; this is done by sending currents to the motors
in the device. Figure 2. shows Novint Falcon device in
Zephyr BioHarness BT
Hardware Environment
 Windows7
 Notepad
 Camera
 Variety of gadgets VR
 Alienware Laptop
The BioHarness BT is a compact electronics module. It is
attached to a lightweight Smart Fabric strap which incorporates
ECG and Breathing detection sensors. The BioHarness
module can transmit physiological data by Bluetooth or record
it to internal memory. The BioHarness monitors, analyzes and
records a variety of physiological parameters - ECG,
respiration, temperature, posture, and acceleration. Figure 4.
shows Zephyr BioHarness BT and Zephyr BioHarness Strap.
Figure 4. Zephyr BioHarness BT .
Figure 6. User testing
Liteye LE750A
“Novint falcon Controller.” Novint: Novint Technologies,
Inc. 2011 <http://www.novint.com/>
“Bio Harness BT.” Zephyr Technology 18 November
2010. http://www.zephyr-technology.com
Bowman, Doug A, et al. 3D User Interfaces: Theory
and Practice. Boston: Nolo, 2005.
It allows the user to view information from sources, such as
a computer, GPS, or a thermal camera, while keeping both
hands free. It is often used to present this information by
overlaying the image in front of the users normal field-ofview; this is referred to as augmented reality. Figure 3.
shows Liteye LE750A.
Materials and methods
Figure 5. User testing the
Novint Falcon Controller
Literature cited
Figure 2. Novint Falcon.
Figure 3. Liteye LE750A .
Software Environment
MOVES “Gadget Den” enables graduate students more
quickly identify and locate equipment needed for their
Novint Falcon Controller
Liteye LE750A
Figure 1. Screen shot of
the MOVES Institute
virtual reality devices
A total of 9 devices were tested and software support
installed. A total of 23 pages have been created and added to
MOVES Gadgets Den resource. The improvements to the
Thanks to my mentor, Dr. Amela Sadagic, Professor
Mathias Kolsch, Alison Kerr all of the Naval Postgraduate
Joe Welch, Andy Newton, Pat McNeill of Hartnell College.
This internship was funded by a Title V College to
University Success Program
For further information
For more information contact :
Dr. Amela Sadagic, email: [email protected]
Juanita Perez, email: [email protected]