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A Protein in the palm of your hand through augmented reality

Berry, Colin ORCID: and Board, Jason 2014. A Protein in the palm of your hand through augmented reality. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 42 (5) , pp. 446-449. 10.1002/bmb.20805

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Understanding of proteins and other biological macromolecules must be based on an appreciation of their 3-dimensional shape and the fine details of their structure. Conveying these details in a clear and stimulating fashion can present challenges using conventional approaches and 2-dimensional monitors and projectors. Here we describe a method for the production of 3-D interactive images of protein structures that can be manipulated in real time through the use of augmented reality software. Users first see a real-time image of themselves using the computer's camera, then, when they hold up a trigger image, a model of a molecule appears automatically in the video. This model rotates and translates in space in response to movements of the trigger card. The system described has been optimized to allow customization for the display of user-selected structures to create engaging, educational visualizations to explore 3-D structures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1470-8175
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 08:37

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