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  • Writer's pictureDeana Galbraith

Study Proteins in AR

Hi everyone! It's been quite some time. I hope everyone has been doing well! I've had the pleasure of working on a variety of projects since I last posted. I'd like to highlight one I did at the end of last year (2019). I had the opportunity to work with 302 Interactive and BrandXR to create an augmented reality app that helps students study protein-drug complexes for Wayne State University.

I worked with the 302 team to come up with the UI/UX. This was an exciting and challenging project. One of the interesting design challenges was figuring out ways to present a large amount of information and options to users while still having the focus be on the proteins. For augmented reality experiences, we like to limit the amount of UI as much as possible so the focus can be on the content.

To do this I went through several iterations of UI, figuring out ways to make options such as selecting different views and choosing Ligands to be easy and quick. Below are some early wireframes of what I came up with.

We have a few UI elements in place to give multiple options to users to customize how they view the different protein-drug complexes such as:

  • Choosing what Ligand they wish to look at

  • Customize the view of the protein

  • Options to change colors

  • Search the protein database

Below is a video showcasing the final app! 3D Molecule Viewer is now available on the Google Play and App Store for free.

I hope you enjoyed the post! As always feel free to reach out if you'd like to talk more about this project. Stay safe and healthy friends,


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