VR Application Profile
Name of VR Application Nanome - The future of molecular design and exploration
Category Chemistry
Date of processing:                                                                27/9/2019
Technical Framework & Key Data Software-Provider: Nanome on STEAM

Software-Developer: Nanome, Inc.

Version of app: 1.13.


Compatible VR hardware systems:

☐  Google Cardboard          ☐  Oculus Rift

☐  Google Daydream View   ☐  Oculus Quest

☐  Lenovo Mirage Solo         ☐  Samsung Gear VR

☐  Lenovo Explorer             ☐  Samsung Odyssey

☐  HTC Vive Pro                  ☐  PlayStation VR

☐  HTC Vive                        ☐  Dell Visor

☐  Acer AH 101                   ☒  Other: ACER OJO500

☐  Oculus Go


Compatible operating systems

☐  iOS            Version:……………………………

☐  Android    Version:……………………………

☒  Other: WINDOWS   Version: 7 and upper


Languages available

☒  English                      ☐  Italian

☐  Spanish

☐  German

Learning Content Chemistry and Nanotechnology (chemicals & proteins)
Learning Outcomes Knowledge
The adult learners will be able to:

·       …summarize the knowledge gained with the help of atomic, molecular and protein visualization


The adult learners will be able to:

·       …create more engaging presentations

·       …host more effective cross site design meetings

·       …foster structural understanding across teams

·       …customize the app’s virtual workspace and save VR sessions for future presenting or collaboration

·       …use the app to collaborate in real time from anywhere


The adult learners will be able to:

·       …use the app successfully to go through rapid idea generation & validation within the fields of chemistry and nanotechnology

·       …integrate the app successfully into current research workflows in these fields


Activities provided Activities provided by the app include:

·       Loading structures from RCSB Protein Databank

·       Hosting public workspaces

·       Joining public workspaces

·       Basic molecular views

·       Basic editing features

·       Loading up to 2 molecules at a time

Added value
for low-skilled/-qualified adults
With “Nanome” low-skilled/-qualified adult can learn how to manipulate chemicals and proteins with their hands, explore chemistry and nanotechnology from a completely new perspective, collaborate with others, learn and create like never before.
SWOT analysis  

·       User-friendliness                  1 ☐    2 ☐   3 ■     4☐
·       Pedagogic orientation
and standards                      1 ☐    2 ☐   3 ■     4☐
·       Applicability level                1 ☐    2 ☐   3 ■     4☐
·       Gamification level               1 ☐    2 ■     3 ☐    4☐


*1…very poor/low; 2…poor/low; 3…OK/medium; 4…good/high; 5…very good/high



·       …improve learning

·       …improves the spatial visualization in Duplicate, Split, Color molecules

·       …stimulates critical thinking

·       …dependence on the hardware platform

·       …discontinuous updates

·       …difficulty finding qualified teaching staff

·       …software creation for many application fields

·       …links between different devices

·       …insert elements of AR

·       …potential privacy problems

·       …any technical problems or delays in the application development phase

·       …failure to reach the required level of experience

Ideal application/utilization  

Context of ideal application

Mathematical and geometry training.


Instructions for preparation

It is very important for the positive outcome of the activity to prepare the virtual reality laboratory in advance. Each personal computer with the connected VR viewer must have all the management software (operating system, drivers) updated. The display must be perfectly calibrated.

The Nanome software will need to be installed as a system administrator and the launcher icon will be available on the desktop. The learner will not in any way be able to change all the system settings.


Instructions for mentoring

The instructor should explain as import molecules from public databases, analyze and explore structures and give a graphic representation of it on the blackboard through a lecture. The instructor will explain how through virtual reality it will be possible to see in 3D what is shown on the blackboard.

The adult educator will be able to intervene immediately where there are problems of a technical or learning nature.

The adult educator must have prepared a small guide to explain to the learner all the steps of the activity to be performed with the viewer and the Nanome software.

At the end of the activity a questionnaire will be given to assess the activity performed.


Do’s and don’ts

Due to small delays (latencies) and small inaccuracies of the gyroscope it is good to move slowly and alternate the virtual immersion activity with pauses by removing the viewer.