I have a 3D model of an aircraft in which the user uses to navigate to get to a specific parts. When the user hovers over a part the part is highlighted with a rectangle.
When the part is highlighted, there is a floating window that displays additional information about the part, such as whether or not it's time for it to be replaced.
This window is interactive.
The problem is, I'm not sure what's the most inituitive way to get the user to go to the window. I tried using a popup that appears when the user selects the part, but it gets in the way of rotating the model so I decided to put the floating window to the side.
If the user moves the mouse and tries to go to the window they risk selecting another part on the aircraft which will update the information in the floating window to the new part.
I wasn't sure if forcing the user to double click on the selected part and then giving focus to the floating window would be a good route to take.
I've tried looking for other interfaces similiar to this one, but the only one that comes to mind is the WebMD symptom tracker. So if you know of any other application that has similiar navigation to this situtation that'll help too.