Create Your Own World ^ Richard Hackathorn firstname.lastname@example.orgR.D. Hackathorn
Outline • Wandering around Second Life • Features of a Virtual World • Various Virtual World Platforms • OpenSim – Open Source • Avaya Web.Alive – Browser-Based • Unity3D – Flexible Gaming IDE • CryEngine – High End • Immersive Intelligence • Fun Things to DoR.D. Hackathorn Slide 2
Wandering around Second Life • http://secondlife.com/ • First light circa 2004, 20M + currently • Chakryn Forest • NOAA Virtual Islands: Real-Time Weather • Galactic Plane Mural • Asteroid Strike on Mars • Info Vis of ‘Death & Taxes’ • SL Showcase • SL MarketplaceR.D. Hackathorn Slide 3
Features of a Virtual World • Immersive 3D space • Avatars: edit appearance, clothing… • Communication: IM, voice, documents • Social: groups, friends… • Open viewer architecture, many alt viewers • Multi-language • Currency, marketplace, economy • Land ownership • Performance, stability, growthR.D. Hackathorn Slide 4
Various Virtual World Platforms • Gaming MMO WOW, etc, etc • Social MMO Second Life – the 800 lb gorilla! Others… Active Worlds, Blue Mars, IMVU, Onverse, Kaneva, Utherverse OpenSim and its variations • Gaming IDE Unity3D, CryTek CryEngine • Collaborative Conferencing Teleplace, Web.Alive,R.D. Hackathorn Slide 5
OpenSim – Open Source • http://opensimulator.org/ • Open-source multi-platform, multi-user 3D application server • Has a varied community behind it Intel Research is parallelizing the architecture IBM has contributed codeR.D. Hackathorn Slide 6
CryEngine – High End • http://www.crytek.com/ • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHNWj8HmWwQR.D. Hackathorn Slide 9
Immersive Intelligence • Create your own Data World Visualize the patterns and trends in the data Collaborate based on shared experiences • Holistic Explore the details in the context of the whole Micro to macro…and macro to micro Zooming through levels of detail Render the entire database…all terabytes of it! • Creative information metaphors Visual objects shaped by data attributes Rendering the natural/familiar to abstract/unusual • Persistent world, always onR.D. Hackathorn Slide 10
Fun Things to Do • Play with Second Life Free registration! Browse/explore with the SL Showcase Find a community with similar interests Build an interesting thing; buy a similar item • Play with OpenSim Execute the binary on your laptop • Play with Web.Alive …for 5 minutes only! • Play with Unity3D Download IDE, load/play samples, watch tutorialsR.D. Hackathorn Slide 11
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