Cutting Planes and Beyond


We present extensions to the traditional cutting plane that become practical with the availability of virtual reality devices. These extensions take advantage of the intuitive ease of use associated with the cutting metaphor. Using their hands as the cutting tool, users interact directly with the data to generate arbitrarily oriented planar surfaces, linear surfaces, and curved surfaces. We find that this type of interaction is particularly suited for exploratory scientific visualization where features need to be quickly identified and precise positioning is not required. We also document our investigation on other intuitive


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