Oulu, Nokia und Microsoft interessieren sich für Open Source virtuelle Welt realXtend

So liest man es zumindest auf www.businessoulu.com Birth of the 3D Internet:

In Oulu, a virtual world technology platform based on an open source code is under development. Unlike Second Life, the realXtend virtual world is free of charge to everyone. This means, for example, that it provides companies with opportunities for a wide range of applications. Both Nokia and Microsoft have expressed interest in realXtend.

Oulu ist die nördlichste Großstadt Westeuropas und liegt in Finnland. Hier hat man die Zeit des technologischen Wandels erkannt und versorgt die Bevölkerung u.a. mit kostenlosen Internetzugang.

Zum Engagement in Punkto Virtuelle Welt liest man bei Virtual Worlds News:

„Nokia supports the realXtend project and objective of creating an open platform and interoperability for virtual worlds,“ Jari Alvinen, director, Compatibility and Industry Collaboration of Nokia, said in a statement. „realXtend has gained remarkable co-operation and adoption with other virtual world developers and solution providers. The large scale strategic development of this technology will spearhead virtual worlds for everyone.“

„Our strategy in Oulu is to support companies that combine technological expertise with cultural and artistic skills,“ added Matti Pennanen, Mayor, City of Oulu, Finland. „Interactive content and creative industries are a part of our future mission. The City of Oulu already provides free wireless internet access to citizens and visitors. With the creation of realXtend in Oulu, our region steps in the exciting frontier of virtual world technology.“

Weitere Statements zum Projekt auf EFYtimes.com klingen auch vielversprechend:

Applying virtual reality technology is limited only by one’s imagination. With features such as highly customisable avatars, 3D objects, lights and shadows, scriptable teleports between worlds, voice chat, desktop application sharing and easy Web page integration; realXtend creates possibilities for a rich user experience rarely seen in a virtual world platform before. Exciting applications include virtual conferencing, collaborative workspaces, immersive education, 3D modeling and multi-player games.

„The realXtend team has made excellent progress in advancing the platform’s graphics capabilities, which is an important requirement for the next generation of Immersive Education. I’m looking forward to sharing realXtend with members of the Immersive Education Initiative by making realXtend available on the Education Grid,“ said Aaron E. Walsh, director, the Grid Institute.

In the Immersive Education Initiative, there are now over 500 members. Members are primarily from universities, colleges, research institutes and kindergarten through 12th grade. In total, members reach several hundred thousand students.

Siehe auch den Blogeintrag bei http://www.beatenetworks.com

RealXtend Webseite: http://www.realxtend.org/

Auf der Suche nach Youtube Videos zu RealXtend fand ich das Folgende über eine Amateur Radiostation interessant:

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