KISMET News Letter

The 'KISMET News Letter' is a message list for KISMET users regarding recent changes and additions to the KISMET software. New version releases and solved software problems are discussed.

November 19, 2001

We will be present with the
VSOne System at the MEDICA trade show in Düsseldorf/Germany (Nov 21-24, 2001), hall 6/K06

July 10, 2001

Our new "Virtual Endoscopic Surgery Training" (VEST) system
VSOne has been developed within the framework of the joint TT-project (technology transfer) "LAParoscopy-SIMulator" between the partners Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe / Institut für Angewandte Informatik (research group: "VR-Systems/Realtime-Simulation" - contact: Dr. Uwe Kühnapfel ) and the privately owned company Select IT VEST Systems AG.

A picture gallery and some background information about our new system VEST System One ( VSOne ) is presented [here] !


December 21, 2000

A licensing agreement between
FZK and Select IT VEST Systems AG has been signed, covering further development and marketing of the Virtual Endoscopic Surgery Trainer System and the KISMET simulation software. Within the framework of a technology transfer project, the VEST (Virtual Endoscopic Surgery Trainer) system will be developed to product status within the year 2001.

December 20, 2000

The project proposal
HapticIO (BMBF: German Ministry of Research and Education) is accepted for funding. The project was already accepted as one of 25 winner proposals (from 173) in the 1rst level of the proposal competition "Virtual and Augmented Realities" (in German: Ideenwettbewerb "Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität") of the BMBF. We just received the letter, signed by our German Minister of Research and Education, Mrs. Minister Edelgard Buhlmann, that HapticIO has been selected as one of the 15 winner project proposals for funding in the 2nd and final step of the competition. We are expecting to start the project in March, 2001 with our partners:

March 20, 2000

A "Karlsruhe Endoscopic Surgery Trainer" has been manufactured and delivered to
Landeskrankenhaus Graz / Austria (Prof. Uranüs) by MECATRON. The system is configured using a SGI Visual Workstaion (VW320, 2 CPU's) for simulating the "virtual patient".

December 22, 1999

In the year 1999, the KISMET has been ported to the WindowsNt 4.0 operating system with all features. The software will be available in spring 2000 through our commercial cooperation partner, the
MECATRON GmbH in Germersheim/D.

Most features of KISMET are available in the WinNT-Version:


August 13, 1998

Two more '.pdf' documents added. The 'Step By Step' guide, a short tutorial for novice users, and the 'KISMET Guide to MBS-Dynamics', a combined tutorial, user manual and reference dokument for users doing Multibody-System Dynamics.

Additional KISMET documentation in .pdf format for Download


August 07, 1998

Recently we made an update to the KISMET User Manual. The revised document is now available for download in '.pdf' format (4 parts).

Updated KISMET V 6.0.2 User Manual in .pdf format for Download


May 14, 1998

A problem regarding saving the screen contents to an SGI image file has been corrected in all operating modes. As a reminder: Image files are written to the directory '$kis_home/images' or in '$kis_home/render' (in animation rendering mode only). Filenames are generated automatically according to the number of files in the respective directories. If these directories are not created by the user, kismet writes to the current directory.


May 13, 1998

Kinematical integration (user inverse kinematics) with the TELBOT manipulator/robot (KISMET robot id=573) from the HWM-company. Additionally it was agreed that HWM may use the KISMET robot_id's in the range 1000 ... 1999 for future developments in specialized inverse kinematics algorithms. For the "other user's": please don't use these numbers for your robot medelling.


May 7, 1998

Some work work at the 'volume data visualisation' module (using 3D-textures) has been completed. KISMET can now visualise multiple volumes in one simulation scene. This has multiple applications: A program bug was removed related to the display of arbitrary clipping planes together with volume-datasets (using the 'vis.' button caused program crashes).


Apr 2, 1998

The KISMET raycasting (F5-Key) and raytracing (F6-Key) rendering features are now working again in the KISMET V 6.0.2 version.


Mar 24, 1998

In the 'Edit Material' panel, the Button 'Copy LastMat' has been added. After selecting a new Material for editing (by clicking in the material table), using the new button will copy the parameters of the previously edited material to the table position of the current material being edited.


Feb 20, 1998

Some work on interaktive editing (modelling) of deformable objects (FLEX-parts) has been completed. Additionally, a problem during object saving (i.e. when using the 'Save Hybrid' Button) has been solved.


Jan 29, 1998

On user request from the JET-Team, two new SCRIPT commands have been added: KISMET was intensively used for the planning of the remote handling shutdown at JET. During the shutdown February to May 1998, KISMET will be used frequently to monitor the RH-equipment during operation inside the plasma torus.

After two month of software testing and after solving numerous bugs (yes we know !), we changed the new release number to KISMET V 6.0.2


Dec 16, 1997

Starting KISMET-Models from your Netscape-Browser
A new mechanism has been added to KISMET to enable model startup from web browser. The feature has been tested with Netscape 3.01S (the SGI-Version) and shall be described for this browser.

Model Definition and Addressing in 'html' files
On the server side, a 'KISMET Control File' (extension '*.kctl') has to be created for every model to be loaded. This file defines the model-pathnames, i.e. the UNIX environment variable $kis_home, and the simulation filename, respectively. As an example, the control file to load the KISMET-model 'T3.sim' looks like:

    /usr/people/jet/models/ROBOTS
    T3.sim

The first line defines the model directory, the second gives the simulation filename. In our example, this file is named 'T3.kctl' and is saved as '/usr/people/jet/web/kis_models/T3.kctl'. In your 'html'-document (client side) you have to add the line

<A HREF="file:/usr/people/jet/web/kis_models/T3.kctl" >

to address (load) this model. When you 'click' this reference, KISMET will fire up and load the model 'T3.sim'.

Modifications to the browser configuration
To enable all this, you have to add to your personal 'mime.types' file (on my machine in $HOME/.mime.types ) the lines:

#mime types added by Netscape Helper
type=application/kissimul \
desc="KISMET Simulation" \
exts="kctl"

and to your personal 'mailcap' file (on my machine in $HOME/.mailcap ), you must add the lines:

#mailcap entry added by Netscape Helper
application/kissimul;kismet -cf %s

Well, there it is.


Nov 1, 1997

Porting of KISMET from IrisGL to OpenGL is finally finished ! The new version release is V 6.0.1. The executable is binary compatible for all Silicon Graphics workstations using IRIX 5.3 or later. The realtime texture-volume visualisation feature is supported only on IRIX 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 on VTX, RE, RE2, IR and IMPACT graphics subsystems. The software is compiled in the modules: We have integrated all features, which were previously only available in different executables (various development versions of the software), in the new release. This is, KISMET V6.0.1 now supports


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