KAVE (Keele Active Virtual Environment)

The KAVE is a physical room where three dimensional ‘stereoscopic’ visuals display on three walls and the floor, to create a computer generated virtual environment. A student wears active 3D glasses and a lightweight head & hand tracking unit. The computer generated visuals respond to your position in the KAVE and it allows you to ‘pick up’ and interact with digital objects.

We are using the KAVE to enhance the learning experience in other subjects in the Pharmacy syllabus. Using open-source ‘PyMol’ software, the student can “float” complex molecules in the KAVE and move them around to view receptor sites. This has been used to great effect when teaching kinases in pharmacology. We have also licensed a virtual body which can show anatomy and physiology in detail as the various “layers” – skin, neural networks, muscle, skeleton and organs can be isolated, dissected and illustrated in three-dimensions.

We are developing systems to use 3D environments online with the use of 3D laptop technology, stereoscopic projectors and web browser plugin technology.

Applications and technology in use in the KAVE



Virtalis is a world-leading Virtual Reality (VR) and advanced visualisation company.

Dassault Systems / Virtools

PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, simulation and CAD software from DASSAULT SYSTEMES empower users to create, share and experience products in 3D.  Our SolidWorks, CATIA, SIMULIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, EXALEAD and 3DVIA brands help our customers bring more innovative products to market faster.



A USER-SPONSORED molecular visualization system on an OPEN-SOURCE foundation


Cyber-Anatomy Med VR™

Cyber-Anatomy Med VR™ is an advanced virtual reality turnkey 3D stereo system for learning anatomy using a virtual cadaver.



BodyViz is affordable, easy to use, innovative software that's bringing 3D medical visualization to the forefront of technology. BodyViz creates incredible 3D MRI, CT scan visualizations, all quickly and easily created from a patient's MRI or CT scan data.


Plasticboy - Anatomy 3D Models

Plasticboy Anatomy Models Store - High quality, Royalty Free 3D Models of various parts of the human body.  Anatomy 3D models provided by Plasticboy Pictures.