OpenSim on an Android tablet vs. a desktop


sometimes people ask me what i think about OpenSim and tablets. most in the OpenSim community know about Lumiya but those that ask me are typically outsiders (them!) and include people in the corporate eLearning that have seen how we have used it as a free 3D video studio (old post by subQuark)

Lumiya works very well (there was an update last night – after i had taken these pics!) but it is not the desktop experience. i still use Imprudence 1.3.2 which is what is shown below. newer browsers render more nicely than version 1 viewers but the screen shots below are simply to show the difference

i don’t know why my avatar doesn’t render out, i have seen other people’s screen shots where theirs do – must be an enersyncrasy or maybe i’m so bright you have to wear shades =p

would i use Lumiya for more than simply checking it out?

no, there isn’t a case where i would suggest Lumiya over a desktop to interact with anything i make. that said, if it was the only access someone had to something like our Enclave Harbour project, then i would be okay with it. i think our “3D illustrations” for science field trips will work in Lumiya

the second image shows the tower crane and nuclear power plant components and would be usable in conjunction with the workbook. the experience would still be immersive in that a student could walk around the builds but it wouldn’t be as rich as a desktop

i believe that as tablets become more powerful (or are inevitably morphed in favour of tablet-sized ultra PCs with detachable keyboards) then we will have rich OpenSim experiences – it’s just a matter of time =)



Haxor Lunar Lounge in Kitely – one of two kid-friendly clubs in Enclave Harbour



old school nuclear power plant in Enclave Harbour


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written by Ener Hax

June 12th, 2013 at 7:28 am

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  1. If you anticipate people using Lumiya, you have to design it in, i.e. slightly different shades rather than baked-in shadows. No idea about the avatar — mine typically needs a rebake on Kitely but it’s better than what you’re getting.

    Graham Mills

    14 Jun 13 at 4:16 am

  2. Something else I’ve been playing with is using the Android app Automagic to grab GPS coords and feed them to a prim inworld that relocates to the corresponding (OpenStreetMap texture) position and then uses a sensor event to force-teleport the avatar to it. It has a number of issues, not least that Lumiya swaps to text mode for teleports, but it’s an interesting experience.

    Graham Mills

    14 Jun 13 at 10:20 am

  3. OK, I forgot to mention that CJ Davies at St Andrews has been doing this much more proficiently: see

    Graham Mills

    14 Jun 13 at 10:31 am

  4. the autowhat? omg, that is so far over my head that just reading your comment freaks me out! (i am easily turned into a spastic mess!) =D

    thanks on the link! =)

    Ener Hax

    15 Jun 13 at 5:19 pm

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