What is it?
ExpyVR is a Framework for Designing and Running Experiments in Virtual-Reality.
ExpyVR was originally inspired by psychopy but the execution pipeline was entirely redesigned to be based on OpenGL rendering. The code of ExpyVR is in Python, but it uses C/C++ shared libraries for multimedia I/O. It is essentially developped for MS Windows (XP or 7) but the core engine is in itself non-OS specific (multi-platform Python modules).
ExpyVR allows users to easily design an experiment timeline with loops and randomization using a graphical user interface. Modules for 2D and 3D display, audio, or user input are integrated into the timeline with few clics. Once an experiment is described and saved, a set of execution instances can be generated with randomization for testing with subjects (e.g. factorial design).
1. Separation of the experiment design GUI and the experiment controller for execution
- GUI allows to design experiment as a set of modules instances + a flow with time-lines (XML)
- GUI generates instances (XML)
- Controller reads XML and executes instances
2. Components are developed and added easily
- Grouped by directories (default components, lncocomponents, etc.)
- Structure of a component is defined in OOP: fix set of methods (init, start, stop, clean), subclass of generic classes: basic, drawable, HUD, etc.
- Programming of components and scripting is done in Python
3. No external dependencies
- NO installation procedure for libraries (only for drivers if not possible otherwise)
- Runtime execution environment is provided with full set of dependencies
Usage and development policy
ExpyVR is provided as-is, with no support. A documentation is provided for learning to use and to develop new components. It is shared with the hope that it can be useful to researchers who, like us, need a high flexibility in the design and programming of their behavioral experiments.
Feel free to contact Florian Lance for more information or collaborations.