The Virtual Explorer uses state-of-the-art
computer graphics to create a virtual reality environment,
in which scales of length and time are displayed in ways
that allow for easy visualization of difficult scientific
concepts. After choosing which cellular character to play,
the user performs functions such as cellular navigation,
white blood cell recognition and molecular docking, all
within a richly realtime rendered computer generated environment
with four-channel spatialized sound. Virtual Explorer
was developed in conjunction with the Senses Bureau, an
undergraduate research group at the University of San
Diego, and myself.
To date, the software has been installed
at the Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif. and at the Heinz
Nixdorf Museum in Paderborn, Germany, which is the world's
largest computer museum.