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Software to synthesize complex multimodal virtual environments

The benchmark demonstrators developed at the end of the project hold great potential for further exploitation. Although the systems served as platforms to apply and evaluate research results obtained in the project, they represent state-of-the-art applications, which could find further usage in their diverse problem areas.

The developed I-TOUCH software for benchmarking haptic research is already operational and could be used in generating sample haptic applications with various commercial and non-commercial haptic devices.

Also, the developed interactive 3D data navigation system is already being applied in a clinical setting. It has been installed at the Radiology Department of the University Hospital Zurich, and has been applied to a number of patient cases to support the medical staff. In order to reduce the purchase costs the multi-modal segmentation system has been ported to the Linux OS, and can be used with arbitrary haptic devices. Due to limited funds for acquisition of haptic interfaces, and limited availability of space necessary for larger systems, the Radiology Department is currently using the system with a PHANToM Omni desktop system.

Finally, it should be noted, that the evaluated physical principles for generation of force feedback could provideguidelines for future lines of haptic interfaces that outperform currently existing devices. The report evaluated the potential of the emerging possibilities for the realization of practically and commercially usable haptic feedback systems, thus giving valuable input for device manufacturers.

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