Python scripting on open source haptics platform, H3DAPI 2.0

Juliana Ung juliana.ung at
Tue Jun 10 19:24:04 CEST 2008



We integrated X3D and Python scripting capabilities to our C++ written
haptics platform, the H3DAPI 2.0. The beta release of H3DAPI 2.0 is on
June 10, 2008, and I am attaching the news here for your information.
Serious games for rehabilitation have been created using X3D and Python
alone, so we thought it might be great to see more graphics-haptics
applications development, whether for serious or entertainment purposes.


Have a great week!




Open source haptics software released at EuroHaptics 2008

 - It is now easier to add the sense of touch to virtual environments
with X3D, Python or C++


SenseGraphics, the haptics software provider, announces the beta release
of its latest version of haptics platform, H3DAPI 2.0. The open source
haptics development platform is officially released on 10 June 2008, in
conjunction with EuroHaptics 2008 in Madrid, Spain.


Since its introduction to the public in 2005, the H3DAPI has been used
by the graphics and haptics community to create or add the simulation of
touch to their applications. Built on the industry standards OpenGL and
X3D, H3DAPI enables rapid haptics application development using X3D and
Python alone. More major projects have been developed by extending
H3DAPI capabilities with C++.


The improved H3DAPI 2.0 beta now uses SenseGraphics' own haptics API,
which grants users more freedom and control in haptics rendering. Users
could now choose from more haptics renderers, including SensAble's
OpenHaptics, Chai3D, and H3D point and sphere-based renderers. Its
modular design meant that users of the open source H3DAPI could easily
extend the platform, whether it is adding their own rendering
algorithms, force effects, or haptic surfaces. The latest version of
H3DAPI also comes with more device support, including the range of
haptic devices by SensAble, ForceDimension, Novint and MOOG FCS.


H3DAPI 2.0 is also bundled with Cmake now to enable easy installation.
H3DAPI runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS.


SenseGraphics hopes that the new improvements to the haptics platform
will aid the haptics community even more. "This is an exciting time for
haptics technology. There are more haptics related activities now and we
hope that H3DAPI will do its part in facilitating this growth", says
Markus Israelsson, the H3DAPI product manager at SenseGraphics.
SenseGraphics is in Madrid at the EuroHaptics conference this week,
offering hands-on demonstrations for attendees to try the latest
features and medical applications of H3DAPI.


H3DAPI 2.0 beta can be downloaded at the open source haptics community,, from 10 June 2008. The software is released under the GNU
General Public License, with an option for commercial license. More
information at



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