VR Software Enables Researchers To Walk Inside Molecules

The software is called vLUME (pronounced “volume”) and it visualizes the local universe in microenvironments. 

A New Chapter for Scientists

The software was made by scientists at the University of Cambridge. They were helped by the 3D image analysis software company, Lume VR. vLUME is free for academic use and can be operated even by complete beginners.

The tool enables researchers to study all types of cells. Its features include visualization, segmentation, bespoke analysis of complex local geometries, and exporting data.

Alexandre Kitching, CEO of Lume explained: “vLUME is revolutionary imaging software that brings humans into the nanoscale. It allows scientists to visualize, question, and interact with 3D biological data in real-time, all within a virtual reality environment, to find answers to biological questions faster. It’s a new tool for new discoveries.”

Users can also load numerous datasets with millions of data points in the software. This will allow them to find patterns, thanks to a clustering algorithm. 

The team that created the solution is using it primarily for biological data sets.

For example, one of their researches focuses on how antigen cells cause immune responses. 

“Through segmenting and viewing the data in vLUME, we’ve quickly been able to rule out certain hypotheses and propose new ones,” said Steven F. Lee, PhD, one of the creators. “This software allows researchers to explore, analyze, segment, and share their data in new ways. All you need is a VR headset.”

More and more professionals are implementing VR in their work environments. Statistics show that the global VR market will reach up to $209.2 billion by 2022.


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