At the moment, my after-hours and weekends are totally dedicated to working on a small academic project with a group of friends at MIT. Whoa, it’s a learning curve, a steep one, getting up to speed…
We are working with KitWare’s visualization products – specifically VTK – for development of a sandbox user interface. This is software is pretty (…to throw in a Barny Stinson-ism…) legendary! But I’m a self-confessed Microsoft-spoilt developer and used to documentation overload. VTK’s guides are somewhat skimp compared. So the next few posts of this blog will be dedicated to my findings, the pitfalls, and the recommendations on how to start with the following technologies: VTK, Python, PyQt, and LCM.
I’ll split this into a set of articles:
- What these technologies do and why they’re so appealing
- Installing and setting up VTK and Python
- Essentials of VTK – drawing models, handling cameras, building shapes
- Adding a 2D front-end to the 3D front-end with PyQt
- Integrating in some communication channel components with MIT’s LCM
More to follow in the next few weeks!