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Analyzing Existing Data with Virtual Reality

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109177D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mitchell, KP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a methodology for improving the overall efficiency and usability of dealing with software data structure development through the use of virtual reality and a container (box) facility. Human perceptual and conceptual limitations increasingly limit the expanding problem of 'learning' old code needing maintenance, debugging or minor enhancements. Existing CASE tools aid in identifying some problems but none augment human perceptual and conceptual limitations.

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Analyzing Existing Data with Virtual Reality

       This article describes a methodology for improving the
overall efficiency and usability of dealing with software data
structure development through the use of virtual reality and a
container (box) facility.  Human perceptual and conceptual
limitations increasingly limit the expanding problem of 'learning'
old code needing maintenance, debugging or minor enhancements.
Existing CASE tools aid in identifying some problems but none augment
human perceptual and conceptual limitations.

      The concepts employed in 'Virtual Reality' allow for the
detection and interpretation of body movements or voice as well as
the ability to "manipulate" the user's environment through the
control of sight, sound and motion. Additionally, 'Virtual Reality'
environments that manipulate more of the senses are being developed.
The typical Virtual Reality applications seen today involve game
playing.  The future of this technology envisions applications that
would provide the ability to control machinery and tools from safe
distances, aid in space travel, test human limits, psychology, etc.,
as well as permeate through the entertainment and sports worlds.  The
invention described herein applies to mapping Virtual Reality
technology to solving current programming development problems.

      Virtual Reality techniques can be exploited to allow a
programmer to better understand the data structures and objects of
existing programs by mapping information into non character based
representations.  A representation of this invention would allow a
programmer to review or define application data elements.  These
objects could be represented as boxes for example.  Big boxes could
contain small boxes and those boxes could contain other boxes to aid
in representing complex or formatted data elements.  The developer,...