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Old 03-13-2006, 08:21 AM
mikestatic mikestatic is offline
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Stereoscopic Vizard Question

We recently installed a GeForce FX 5500 AGP 8x Dual Display card (w/ 2 VGA outputs) that we use to power our V8 headset in stereoscopic mode. The card seemed to work very well for our purposes until we noticed that only the left display was rendering the avatars in our program. The right display rendered everything else perfectly, it simply does not show the avatars in the program (e.g., close your right eye the avatars are there, close your left eye and they disappear). Both displays are set to the same specifications (as far as I can tell). Does anyone have any insights into what might be causing this?
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:32 AM
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How are you engaging stereo mode for your Vizard simulation. You should be selecting "horizontal span" under the nView settings on your nVidia card driver. Then from the Vizard side, you should enable viz.go(viz.STEREO | viz.HMD) to have Vizard draw both the left and right eye images.

Is this what you are doing or are you doing something different?
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:46 AM
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The video card is set up to display horizontally (so now the display is 2 monitors wide when not running a vizard program) and we are manually setting the vizard display options using the PROMPT command (in which we are checking HMD, Fullscreen, stereoscopic, and tracking).

I want to re-emphasize, we are getting the stereoscopic, 3-D effect for the entire environment (except for the avatars positioned in the environment). Vizard is sending slightly different images to each eye to make the 3-D effect work. The only exception is with avatars--the left image displays the enviroment with avatars in their proper position, the right image displays the environment with no avatars. (The avatars remain still and motionless during the program.) This produces a weird ghost-avatar effect when experiencing the environment with both eyes open as the environment is perfectly rendered in 3-D, but the avatars are present only in the left eye.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:15 PM
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Thanks for the clarification. But to press a little further, do you use nVidia's nView Horizontal Span to get the desktop spread across the two monitors or are you using the DualView setting. There is an important albeit subtle difference between the two and you want to be absolutely certain you're using the former.

If you run the gallery world demo that's part of your Vizard installation, do you get this effect with the avatars in that script?
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:42 AM
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Thank you for pressing further--we had been using it in dual display mode and not in the horizontal display mode. The avatars now display properly.

A follow-up if I may:

We are regularly getting vertical lines in our V8 display both in mono and stereo modes (regluarly spaced across the length of both eye displays). Is there any chance that this may be a software issue? I am somewhat resigned to it being an issue with our V8 headset, but I thought I might ask if you have heard of this issue before. We are not calling up any special display options when loading and as I mentioned before it occurs in both mono and stereo modes. Any insights would be helpful--I really appreciate your help.
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Old 03-14-2006, 01:47 PM
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I've seen those artifacts on V8s myself and they are a hardware issue. It would be worth contacting Virtual Research and asking whether and what they'd charge to clean or refurbish your HMD. They have an excellent reputation for standing behind their products.
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:32 PM
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Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:36 PM
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I wanted to follow up with this issue. I'm having a bit of a problem with my code. Everything works according to plan, however, if I close my left eye and try to look through only my right eye, the mouse does not show accurately. The mouse cursor is being used as an "aiming" device and bullets shoot from the point where the mouse is pointing. When I aim with my left eye, I can aim at the target and shoot fine, but when I close the left eye and aim with my right eye, even if I point directly at the target, the bullet goes through the target and nothing happens to the avatar. Here is my code:
import viz
import vizmat
import math
import time
viz.go(viz.STEREO | viz.TRACKER | viz.FULLSCREEN)
#commands to enable HMD tracking
if viz.get(viz.TRACKER):
	v = viz.add('intersense.dls')
	#pos = viz.add('vizppt.dls')
	tracking = 1
	tracking = 0


#Set eye distance to 0 to show why the bullet goes to the left of the mouse

avatars = []			#for avatars
bullets = []			#for number of balls
dead_list = []			#list for dead avatars

NUM_BULLETS = 3				#number of balls in the array
BULLET_SPEED = 250			#speed in meters/secs of the bullet
rotRight = viz.Transform()	#bullet rotation
ANIMATION = 1				#animation ID
NUM_AVATARS	= 6				#the number of avatars
TIME_BETWEEN_AVATARS = 5	#time between each avatar
START_AVATAR = 0			#flag to start avatars
nextAvatar = 0 				#index for avatars
nextBullet = 0				#index for the next ball in the array
ACTIVE_AVATARS = 5			#create a flag to reset array
index = NUM_AVATARS			#looping index
nextAvatar = 0
theta = (math.pi / 3)

sunlight = viz.add(viz.LIGHT)

sky = viz.add('skydome.dlc',0,'',15)
env = viz.add(viz.ENVIRONMENT_MAP,'sky.bmp')

court = viz.add('terrain1.wrl')

#Add a crosshair
crosshair = viz.add(viz.TEXQUAD,viz.SCREEN)

#print 'i\t\t\t\t\t''x\t\t\t\t\t\t''z'

#Create six avatars
for i in range(NUM_AVATARS):
	headpos = viz.get(viz.HEAD_POS) 
	newX = -10 * math.sin(theta * i)
	newZ = 10 * math.tan(theta * i)
	if newZ <=10:
		newZ = -17
		newZ = 10 * math.tan(theta * i)
	#print i,"\t\t\t\t\t",newX,"\t",newZ
	male = viz.add('male.cfg')
	avatars.append(male) #Save avatar in list

#WalkForever = vizact.sequence(vizact.walkto(vizact.randfloat(-2,5),0,vizact.randfloat(-10,5)),viz.FOREVER)

def walkAvatar(starter):
	global court
	walk = starter.walkto(0,court,-10.5,1,260,2)
	#Clear all the avatar's actions, reposition it, and start the walk action

for x in range(0,NUM_BULLETS):
	#create a bullet that is initially hidden
	bullet = viz.add('ball.wrl')
	bullet.disable(viz.COLLISION) = 0
	#add the ball to the ball list

def RemoveAvatar(avatar):
	avatar.visible(0) #Hide avatar
	avatar.speed(1) #Restore speed
	avatars.remove(avatar) #Remove from list
	dead_list.append(avatar) #Add to dead list

def RestoreAvatar():
#	global court
	x = vizmat.GetRandom(-10,10)
	z = vizmat.GetRandom(-20,10)
	if len(dead_list):
		avatar = dead_list.pop() #Ressurrect dead avatar
		avatar.visible(1) #Make it visible
		avatars.append(avatar) #Add it to avatar list

def shootBullet():
	global nextBullet
	#find the next available ball to shoot
	bullet = bullets[nextBullet]
	nextBullet = (nextBullet + 1) % NUM_BULLETS
	#Calculate the vector of the ball based on the mouse position
	pos = viz.mousepos()
	bulletvector = viz.screentoworld(pos[0]+0.25,pos[1]) #Need to account for stereo
	bullet.vector = viz.Vector(bulletvector[3]-bulletvector[0],bulletvector[4]-bulletvector[1],bulletvector[5]-bulletvector[2])
	bullet.vector *= BULLET_SPEED
	#translate the bullet to the head position
	#make the bullet visible
	#mark the bullet as active = 1

def MoveBullet(bullet,elapsed):
	#get the bullet's current position
	pos = bullet.get(viz.POSITION)
	#calculate the balls future position based on it's velocity
	futurePos = pos + (bullet.vector * elapsed)
	#Check if bullet intersected with anything
	info = viz.intersect(pos,futurePos)
	if info.intersected:
		if info.object in avatars:
			WaitThenFreeze = vizact.sequence( vizact.waittime(info.object.getduration(7)-0.05), vizact.speed_node(0) )
			info.object.add(WaitThenFreeze) #Add the action to the avatar
			RemoveAvatarAction =,info.object)
			info.object.add(RemoveAvatarAction) #Add action to remove avatar

		bullet.visible(0) = 0
	#Update balls positions
def mytimer(num):
	global avatars
	if num == ANIMATION:
		#Calculate elapsed time since last update
		elapsed = viz.elapsed()
		#Update each active ball
		for bullet in bullets:
				#Move the ball and check if it has collided with any objects

		#Update the crosshair position

	elif num == START_AVATAR:
		global nextAvatar
		#Get the next available avatar and start it
		avatar = avatars[nextAvatar]
		nextAvatar = (nextAvatar + 1) % len(avatars)
		print 'nextAvatar is', nextAvatar

#Restore next available avatar
vizact.onkeydown(' ',RestoreAvatar)

#Shoot a ball whenever left mousebutton is clicked

#Create callbacks for timer events

#Start a timer which starts the next available avatar

#Start the animation timer, which animates the ball and checks for collisions

#Move the head position back

#Disable mouse navigation
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