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IKD platform architecture

The IKD Platform is providing the IKD Development Framework and the IKD Run-time Platform. The architecture of the IKD Platform is generally very heterogeneous and implies hard and long effort to combine and integrate data corresponding to each modality (visual, sound, force, tactile). Several modules or "engines" comprise the IKD Platform: Application & Graphics Engine (based on Virtools), Physics Engine (Vortex), Tracking System, 3D Audio Engine, force-feedback controllers and tactile-feedback controllers. The multi-modality of haptics, 3D-audio and 3D-graphics, all combined together, provide a unique and innovative platform for the rapid development and efficient running of advanced 3D haptic applications.

The heart of the Development Framework is an efficient commercial authoring tool (Virtools) in which we have integrated some innovative MUVII haptic specific features like haptic rendering, haptic sounds, etc. During development stage, IKD development framework offers a full-centralized management for each kind of supported media in order to simplify the application development process. This approach allows the discarding of most of redundancies and insures data consistency all along the system. Therefore, the application developer can focus on the application development without being disturbed by a lot of technical issues. Moreover, MUVII IKD platform provides rapid application development, through a library of predefined generic objects & behaviours.

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