hybrid of tablet and PC access for Enclave Harbour


cargoship_007as you know, what i have been doing for nearly two years in OpenSim is make stuff for Enclave Harbour which will be used as supplemental science activity stuff for middle school kids. for myself and subQuark, OpenSim is a great illustrative tool for science concepts. so rather than a nice drawing of something like cargo blimp, we use OpenSim to make a 3D one. it’s nothing earth shattering or even innovative. it’s an easy way and somewhat accessible way to make 3D graphics. if i were to try to make a cargo blimp in Blender – holy crap, it would take me months. i bet i could spend 2 months easy on that. subQuark is more skilled than me in Blender but i bet it would take him at least 2 weeks to do it. and when done, all you could do is either export some nicely detailed images or maybe a short video of it, doing it in OpenSim allows the possibility of having a student walk around it and get a sense of scale and be more engaged (immersed) with it and with the science principles it is illustrating

teachers and professors do all sorts of neat things in OpenSim from modelling plant cells to molecules to that Fern Seed project i always mention (the million dollar NSF grant project)

cargoZep_030the other day i freaked out about the iBook2 authoring tool and the strong desire to see OpenSim on an iPad. ever the voice of reason (maybe it’s the martini talking), subQuark pointed out that it is not unusual for a student to be using something like an iPad in conjunction with something else when doing an activity. for example, it’s not weird for second grade kids to be doing colouring of say a butterfly on a piece of paper and to be using an iPad as a reference tool to see what colours the parts should be (must be wealthy school districts!). he went further by floating out the idea that maybe Enclave Harbour won’t be an actual printed book but be dished up as iPad compatible eLearning. with that in mind, i could see a situation where a student could be accessing the eLearning part of Enclave Harbour and also be going in-world to get the info needed for the eLearning content (it’s just like the original workbook he has been working on, only made into an online format)

i get really stuck in my ways and sometimes it takes a smack upside my head to break out of my rut. after a day of thinking about this, i really warmed up to the idea. if Enclave Harbour’s “workbook exercises” were presented online, it could include much richer material than a printed book. it could offer some of the visual assets like the iBook does – mainly more images (and no need to convert them into 300 dpi files) and videos. while the virtual world component is important in my thinking, videos of specific things with more in-depth examples, would add a lot of value. the virtual world stuff i make is still central to it all and acts as two things in that scenario – the immersive virtual world and a 3D studio to make videos with. suddenly it dawned on me (i told you i was slow) that the virtual world builds now cab serve double-duty and have twice the usability (hey does that make me twice as important or twice as awesome? maybe i can get twice as many burritos as pay!) =D

all of this makes OpenSim that much more valuable to me and i can see that even sim-on-a-stick would be incredibly useful if it was only used as a way to make educational videos (like a tour of a giant plant or animal cell or even of a DNA strand!) =)

it still would be nice to have a tablet viewer and that would increase the possibilities for OpenSim, but until then i’ll enjoy a martini and keep tinkering in-world and enjoying its creative outlet =)


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written by Ener Hax

January 22nd, 2012 at 2:39 pm

8 comments to 'hybrid of tablet and PC access for Enclave Harbour'

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  1. i think the tablet/pc viewer would increase the popularity of opensim. with text, audio, and real-time animation we could go far. in 1978 i came to the silicon valley to work on plato at control data corporation in sunnyvale. it was on apranet and available to scientists from the worlds. it have text, graphics, animation then but it cost 20k for a workstation.


    22 Jan 12 at 9:01 pm

  2. um, world, not worlds. we are not there yet we talk to people on other worlds.


    22 Jan 12 at 9:04 pm

  3. it would further the reach of virtual worlds and seeing as tablets are becoming a mainstay in the corporate world, maybe virtual meetings would gain a better foothold

    Ener Hax

    22 Jan 12 at 10:33 pm

  4. nice airship.

    useful ideas.

    regarding running on tablets, I took a quick look at minecraft, becuae its in Android market, but i promise not to post 15 comments about it :)

    Keith Selmes

    23 Jan 12 at 7:35 am

  5. lol Keith! if you want to post an article about what you see regarding possibilities, i’d be glad to do an email “interview”

    basically like this:

    “so Keith, tell us what you think about OpenSim running on a tablet”

    [your thoughts]

    “thanks Keith, that’s an interesting insight”

    Ener Hax

    23 Jan 12 at 8:29 am

  6. oops, btw, i am about to write how you are becoming the de facto place to upload content for OpenSim – is that okay with you?

    Ener Hax

    23 Jan 12 at 8:30 am

  7. If that’s Open Sim Creations that is the de facto place, that is Vanish Seriath’s site.
    I’m just an occasional contributor.
    But I’m still one of the good guys, right ?

    Keith Selmes

    23 Jan 12 at 2:37 pm

  8. i got this from open wonderland today ( they have a ipad but instead of the heavy graphics client they used a client on cloud and then use a remote client for the ipad.

    its a little wierd but works and no need to have additional work for the graphic client. eventually, you could have the graphics client stream to the ipads/androids and have interaction. you wouldnt need a remote client.


    26 Jan 12 at 11:57 am

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