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IstoVisio Launches syGlass VR
for Scientific Research

June 19, 2017


Biological structures have three dimensions, so why not directly study their three-dimensional properties? IstoVisio is excited to announce the release of syGlass, an immersive virtual reality (IVR) viewer for biological structure that provides new capabilities and greater efficiency to research labs.

syGlass uses its trademark system to ingest very large data files and present them at high-frame rates in virtual reality by seamlessly working with the newest generation of head-mounted displays.


"Insight into important structural and dynamic features is rapid, and identification and marking of objects is more accurate in comparison to flat images."
George Spirou, PhD

“New microscopes and techniques provide unprecedented detail for structural biologists, but the resultant 3-D image files were difficult to interpret on a flat computer monitor” said George Spirou, PhD, West Virginia University professor and co-director of the WVU Blanchette Rockefellar Neurosciences Institute. “We developed syGlass to solve these technical issues by putting the scientist among the structures in an immersive virtual reality environment. Insight into important structural and dynamic features is rapid, and identification and marking of objects is more accurate in comparison to flat images.”

The syGlass system emerged from the laboratories of Spirou and Gianfranco Doretto, WVU associate professor in the computer science department, through an exploratory high-risk, high-impact grant from the National Institutes of Health awarded in 2011. After building a visualization system using a walk-in IVR in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California-San Diego, WVU’s research group became early adopters of IVR technology using head-mounted displays.