Chimerax VR is the software that allows display and analysis of molecular structures and density maps.
Instaling Chimerax VR on Oculus Quest 2- link
Instructions on how to download and install software on Quest 2
Download and Open Dataset- link
Instructions on opening datasets, using command line and downloading data from Chimerax VR
Data can be loaded through open -> select data -> enter command - vr on.
Supported file formats: ".cxs"
Chimerax Commnd Line files-
Supported file format: ".cxc", enter code directly in command line
Chimerax BILD object-
Supported file format- ". bild", ".bld"
Supported file format- ".cmap", ".cmp"
Supported File format- "*.brix"
Supported formats: "DICOM medical imaging"
Other file formats-
"Amira Mesh (.am), APBS potential(".dx"), AutoDock PDBQT(".pdbqt")
Instructions on how to navigate through ChimeraxVR can be found here.
Allows multiple user to join using the meeting command and meeting tool. Find more instructions here.
Allow you to edit and work in your workspace independently.
For multiple users collaboration, Meeting is created by one user and other users can join the meeting.
Participant Name and Photo-
A test identifier for individuals with anem to identify other users in the meeting. Also, you can upload an image to represnt participant's headset position.
By default the pointer color of cones is lime in VR, each participant can change color of pointer.
Minimum System Requirements (VR Mode)
OS: Windows 10, MAC and linux(less stable)
GPU: GTX 1080 Ti
CPU: Intel i5-4590
MEMORY: 64 GB
VR Headset: HTC Vive, Vive Pro, Oculus Rift, Samsung, Odyssey and Windows Mixed Reality
Accessibility: The estimated time for someone to load and start visualizing data in VR
Beginner: No coding or graphics experience | < 2 hour
Intermediate: Some coding or graphics experience | < 1 hour
Advanced: Both coding and graphics experience | < 30mins
Expert: A lot of experience with VR visualization | < 30mins
This software provides with multiple features to view your molecular and EM structure in VR, a background in chemistry and biology can come really handy to understand various features and its implementations. Some of the features does face some lag in Virtual reality but it does provide with multiple features to easily understand the data.
Power: The engine's power- i.e. how much once can do with this
Medium- Although, it provides multiple features- from viewing molecular structures, density maps, medical Images, etc. , it still faces some lag in VR mode while using few features and the usage of the application is limited to biology and chemistry.
Usage: Evaluation of software's use for the following purposes
Display and Analysis of Structures
Viewing of Molecular Structure
Personal Use/Academic/Government/Non-profit (Free)
Access all the available features and wor collaboratively.
ChimeraX Commercial Licensing-
You will need to get a non-exclusive, nontransferable, 3-year license.
ChimeraX Single User License: $2,000 USD per site
ChimeraX Six User License: $10,000 USD per site
ChimeraX Unlimited User License: $20,000 USD per site
More details about the licensing and cost can be found here.
Some of the limitations of using this software can be found here.