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.
The Rocket viewer version 2.4.1 for the Meshmoon hosting service was launched earlier this week. One of the highlights of the release is a fix to a Mumble VoIP related bug that has been bugging us for a while now. As a result, you should see marked improvements in sound quality over the previous versions, especially in situations with several people in the conversation. We encourage everyone to try out the enhanced VoIP and let us know how it works. The fixes should also be available in the future realXtend Tundra releases, but for now you will need to go to Meshmoon to try out the new VoIP.
The latest Rocket viewer (Win & OSX) is available here. If you have one of the previous versions, autoupdate will get you up to date next time when you launch the rocket. Full changelog is available here
29/11/2012 – Two new videos added below!
Now that the Meshmoon content production functions have been updated it’s time for some instructional videos. These are probably the best way to get a picture of what Meshmoon is actually all about, so take a look:
–Creating an account and logging in
–Content Creation pt. 1
–Content Creation pt. 2
–Creating new materials
–Editing the environment
–Controlling your avatar and free look camera
More information at the Meshmoon.com site.
Along with a host of new features, there have been major usability improvements in content creation and scene management as a part of our continuous work to make the service more accessible and user friendly. We thank you all for your feedback, the results are now out and benefit everyone!
Another interesting realXtend application emerged last week when Oulu3D, a company specialized in modeling cities and buildings in virtual worlds, published its Pilvikirkko (“Church in the Clouds”) project. Thanks to their efforts, a small piece of Finnish history is now conserved in virtual reality in the shape of a model of the 250 years old Haukipudas church. The model is now available at www.pilvikirkko.fi.