A good example of realXtend and Meshmoon in academic research: http://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/4/2/837
An intense week of realXtend based app development is going on here in Oulu now! As a part of the 7th Summer School on Ubiquitous Computing organized by the UBI (UrBan Interactions) research program, I and Cvetan & Koste from Adminotech are running a hackathon with prof. Ojala.
Focus of the hackathon is open Open Data and Smart Cities, and area with much activity around realXtend also otherwise:
- EU’s FIWARE announced global Open Data activities at CeBIT 2015
- the Finnish national 6Aika project is getting started and there’s a plan to harmonize on the realXtend open source base to get an open innovation platform for the cities in Finland (and hopefully globally eventually :)
- Adminotech has good business going on with their smart city offering and the new Meshmoon Geo plugin.
Since the release of the first generation of realXtend technology in 2008 the number of applications created by the main development companies as well as people all over the world has grown continuously and today we have a rather comprehensive collection of realXtend-based worlds and apps for many different kinds of uses. This post details some of them while also assessing the usefulness of virtual reality technologies for various purposes – understanding how technology can be applied for maximum benefit is one of the more valuable things we have learned during the years of development work.
Here are the times and places of the bootcamps / FIWARE Startup Weekends which referred to in the earlier post about the app dev funding. We do the part on Advanced Web UIs.
Basic info copy-pasted below from the FIWARE site, see there for more info.
Base technologies from realXtend, including the WebTundra HTML5 client, the Tundra server, and geographical information servers (POI, GIS), are now included in EU’s catalog of so-called generic enablers for future internet application development. Today, the EU FI initiative is launching an open call for app developers: a whopping >80M euros is there for startup businesses.
The launch for that app / web service dev funding is at the ECFI event in Munich, from Tue to Thu, and I’ll be demoing WebTundra and giving introductory workshops etc. there. There’s also a round of bootcamps coming around Europe in the coming weeks where our folks from Adminotech, Cyberlightning, Playsign and our German partners from DFKI will be coaching our 3d Web and related backend service tools.
For more info see the funding call at ECFI and WebTundra and other entries in the FIWARE catalog. Let’s start making good use of the technologies which are nice and mature now, largely thanks to WebGL and other browser efforts during the past years and the three.js graphics library — the time is now, with plenty of money available to help get started!
Experience the Meshmoon 3D spaces now in your web browser – no plug-ins or installations needed – with the new WebRocket 1.0. Other news include meshmoon.com facelift, Rocket 2.5.3 release, and more! Read more here: http://eepurl.com/NDCwz
Quite some news: http://blog.cloudparty.com/2014/01/24/a-sunset-for-cloud-party/
They provide Collada export so people can get their worlds / content.
Perhaps they can move to realXtend? This is a perfect example of downsides of proprietary techs, owned by a single company which can just get shut down like that. On open source, anyone and many hosting providers can run the worlds so this would not happen.
We are finally releasing Web client next week, WebTundra made with WebSockets + WebGL — like CloudParty is too — and WebSocket server integrated to Tundra. And friendly Meshmoon hosting, similar to Cloud Party but using realXtend, will feature 1.0 production quality integrated web client.
Interesting times! Also of course intriguing to see what Yahoo will do. But that will also be proprietary and closed, probably takes time too. Who knows perhaps interoperability etc. will be possible also with them eventually etc, with web and possible upcoming vw / 3d internet standards?