From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Tue Oct 19 2010 - 08:19:49 CDT

On Tue, 2010-10-19 at 13:22 +0100, Christian Wohlschlager wrote:
> Hy !


> I would like to buy Novint Falcon for use with VMD.


> 1. Can I do do without any problems ( :-) (i think so)

for as long as you are using it under linux,
i would think so, too. ;)

> 2. Is there any example on the net

> 3. Where can i buy it ?

it says international shipping available.
if you have any problems, please let me
know. i am in contact with the novint CEO
and he is very supportive of any scientific
applications of his product.

> On the net i found the company , and the price is 295 $ it sound to
> me quite cheap because Phantom will cost about 12 000 € to 20 000 €

yes, that is correct, and if you use vrpn-icms as referral code,
you will get another 20% off. ;-)

the low price has 3 reasons.
- it has only 3 degrees of freedom
- the handle has a shorter range and
  that is not regular
- it is mass produced (for gaming).

> Does anybody has any expierence with it

yes. you might need customized VMD binaries
with an updated VPRN client code (in some
cases the standard ones work) and a patched
VRPN server (linux binaries are available
from my home page listed above)

there have been successful demonstrations
at ISC10, GTC10 and a bunch of other conferences.


> thank you
> Christian
> Christian Wohlschlager
> JKU Universität Linz
> Altenbergerstr.69
> 4040 Linz
> Austria

Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer
Institute for Computational Molecular Science
Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA.