21 December 2009

Browser-based virtual worlds gets upgrade: MellaniuM environment

There’s recently been a recent innovation in the ability to import vast amounts of 3D-model data into virtual worlds. Specifically, the development is in the exiting new area of browser-based virtual worlds; these seem to be one of the ways that multi-user virtual worlds are evolving. These improvements to graphics quality and ease of use can only assist in narrowing the perceptual distance between the virtual world and the real world. Combined with other immersive devices such as head-mounted tracking, stereoscopy, haptic feedback and photo-realistic avatars will it be long before immersive virtual technology transforms our online experience?

I’d recommend that you check out his online demo of NORTEL's web.alive at the MellaniuM Dome at http://ec3v3.projectchainsaw.com/ . It’s a '1 click and ur in' browser-based virtual world that’s still in beta but offers a look at the future of this technology. The MellaniuM Infohub environment contains almost 2 million polygons and the Titanic model can be examined by zooming using the mouse wheel in the finest of details. When your avatar appears on screen just keep W down to walk and please make sure to hit ESC and click on options to use anti-aliasing and full screen mode, it makes for a huge improvement in quality of experience.

Effectively, this break through in 3D graphics means that all the terabytes of 3D models developed in 3D modelling software packages such as AUTOCAD and 3D Studio Max can be changed into formats suitable for use into UNREAL 2.5 and subsequently NORTEL’s web.alive client. This is not currently easily achievable in the most popular virtual environments such as Second Life.

Some text taken from Rezzable.com at http://rezzable.com/blog/joe-rigby/mellanium-brings-unreal-engine-power-browser-nortels-webalive-virtual-world


  1. I would certainly recommend visiting the web.alive APEX Virtual Office Complex and give presentations in the Energy Room or view web pages. http://apex.projectchainsaw.com
    For educational purposes the metrics statistics are very useful for monitoring activities in the environments(you can see who was in the virtual classroom and how long they stayed and where they went).

  2. Web.alive developers see:


    for applications.

  3. Happy New Year from Team EARTH in secondlife =)


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