Greenbush & 3D virtual environments: Visualization Platforms, 3D Virtual Environment Platforms, and Implementations

– Visualization platforms, 3D Virtual Environment Platforms, and Uses/Implementations Visualization Platforms Media Globe Immersive Multi-touch Wall High Def. CAVE Interactive Whiteboard Mini/Quick CAVE Computer Handhelps Virtual Environment Platforms (with open file formats) Edusim/Cobalt Opensim Wonderland (and flash based 2.5D ?) Uses & Implementations ! 3D advanced visual lab Hands on construction & manipulating of 3D virtual objects Immersive Stories Virtual Field Trips Immersive Virtual Lessons (step by step to show a process) Others !

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Objective – Build an Anatomy Museum in 30 Minutes Using only Cobalt and the Google 3D Warehouse

– I came in right under 30 minutes: (1) Picked the buildings I wanted & Downloaded (2) Picked the models I wanted (3) loaded up Cobalt (4) Placed my building (this took a few trys – building I really wanted would not load) (5) Started placing the models … had a few restarts due to models “blowing up” the session half loaded only a few looked like I wanted them to … filled in with a few .ase files (6) All in all the imported worked great ! – not in the TMesh container still but that is manageable – half of the attempted KMZ models loaded (the others blew up the scene of gave error message.) Here is the result

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Google Sketchup Models Imported into a Cobalt World

Its getting closer .  The Google 3D warehouse models are not contained in the TMesh object so editing them in-world is not possible yet … but getting very close ! Below are screen shots of models I have imported into a Cobalt world using the Cobalt KMZ importer Aik-Siong and his team are working on.  I grabed these models from http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse .. and soon anyone will be able to build virtual worlds leveraging the Google 3D warehouse — http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse (Use of Google 3D warehouse content) By submitting, posting or displaying Content through the Google 3D Warehouse, you grant Google and its end users a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual license to exercise the rights in the Content, as stated below: * to reproduce the Content; * to create and reproduce derivative works of the Content; * to display publicly and distribute…

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Whitespace & newly available spectrum will make content blocking in schools irrelevant

– New spectrum about to be made available when TV goes digital, and the whitespace between channels will soon make content blocking irrelevant. (via gizmodo)  FCC officials approved a plan for white space wireless broadband in a vote today. For those unfamiliar, white space broadband would take the unused parts of the television broadcast spectrum and make it available for internet data transfer. What we know so far is that the FCC will allow broadband usage of the white space following the February analog to digital TV changeover and the plans appear to be significant. Kevin Adelstein, a member of the voting committee said “White spaces are the blank pages on which we which we will write our broadband future.” However, there are still obstacles to overcome. 

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