Kitware a company specializing in the creation and support of open source software, has released a free, interactive iOS application to assist with the exploration of geometric datasets.
Dubbed KiwiViewer, the app enables users to access 3D datasets via email or a Dropbox account as well as intuitively browse the data by panning, zooming and rotating with multi-touch gestures on the iPad.
“We are very excited to be expanding our cross-platform solutions to mobile devices,” said Brad Davis, a technical leader at Kitware. “KiwiViewer is Kitware's first application designed exclusively for a mobile device, and we are actively working to port existing toolkits, such as VTK, onto mobile platforms.”
Built on top of Kitware's new VES toolkit to support OpenGL ES rendering and multi-touch interaction, and portions of VTK for data loading and filtering, KiwiViewer can load STL, OBJ and VTK surface geometry files. Kitware is currently working with several commercial customers to develop additional functionality and customized mobile applications.
Kitware plans to release both VES and the KiwiViewer application as open source by the end of 2011. In addition to the open-source release, Kitware hopes to expand KiwiViewer onto additional mobile platforms such as the iPhone and Android-based devices.
Kitware will be attending MICCAI from September 18-23 in Toronto, and VisWeek from October 23-28 in Providence, where the company will be highlighting KiwiViewer and providing demonstrations. If you would like to arrange a meeting at either of these events to discuss mobile computing projects or KiwiViewer, please contact Kitware at kitware(at)kitware(dot)com.
KiwiViewer development is supported in part by Kitware and the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NAMIC). For more information, please visit http://www.kitware.com/.