The Future of OpenSim: Conversion to Unity for Mobile Use
This is a photo of the future of OpenSim, because it depicts an OpenSim experience running in mobile. This is possible because the OpenSim space was converted via COLLADA to Unity, a graphics platform that's optimized to run in smartphones and tablets (both iOS and Android). Originally posted by James "Sitearm" Neville, the technology's drawn the interest as a simulation and training tool by the US Army. (Douglas Maxwell, Science and Technology Manager at the Army Research Lab, notes in a group e-mail that "In the past 6 months, I have seen other US Army facilities testing iPad and similar superior devices on the enterprise networks. This technology is coming, we need to plan for it.")
This is made possible by Tipodean Technologies, a startup led by Linden Lab alum Chris Collins, and it's meant for anyone "wanting to increase the deployment capabilities available to them to get to there users no matter what device they are running," he tells me. "Tipodean does the conversion process."
He echoes a point I've made in similar contexts: "The ability to push out [3D content] to tablets is just becoming more and more popular as more people are carrying tablets around with them. Tablets and mobile are being used more and more with the consumer so it is obvious to bring the content out to there." The next trick is bringing a sense of 3D immersion to the tablet, but the co-creator of Myst is confident that's possible too.
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