Biological Molecules

Many biological molecules contain incredibly complex three-dimensional structures that interact in very specific ways to perform a vast array of physiological functions within our bodies. Understanding these structures and interactions is a vital part of understanding molecular biology, biological chemistry and pharmacological design and synthesis. While most of the structural analysis is done using physical-chemical calculations, visualization plays an important role in the final steps of structural realization. Creating three-dimensional models of these molecules allows researchers and designers to visually see their calculations played out in intuitive ways. The IQ Station takes this visualization to a whole new level by incorporating an immersive, interactive aspect to the experience. Instead of just imitating three dimensions through relative varying segment sizing on a two dimensional monitor, users can actually experience all three dimensions through active stereo with tracked shutter glasses providing a unique moving perspective to each eye. On top of that, a wand controller provides physical kinetic interaction with a molecule in three-dimensional space. Users can actually reach out and grab individual atoms, twist and pull molecules and climb inside for an unseen perspective. All of this provides drastically improved visualization, enabling new realizations and discoveries within the fields of pharmacology, medicine and biology.

Please see the attached tutorial for a step-by-step guide to getting nearly any biological molecule you can imagine into the IQ Station.

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The IQ (Inexpensive Immersive Interactive Interface) Station allows the user to visualize their model in 3D. Researchers and modelers from a wide range of disciplines can benefit from the IQ Station's ability to immerse users in complex datasets. A user manipulates their 3D model with the use of a Wii remote wearing 3D glasses while physical body movements are tracked by cameras.