What’s up?

A lot! The last few months were a very busy time, and there were new developments on all fronts. Here’s a run down of the latest news.

Digital Den
Last year our focused shifted from just showcasing other people’s 3D and VR work to also developing some of our own. The result was a series of applications developed in Unity 3D. Here are the two latest releases.

Cosma 3D Gallery
The Cosma 3D Gallery is an interface to interesting, interactive and 3D web content released in December 2015. Here is a video walk-through of the application. Notice that all of the posters and objects are links.

You can find out more about the project and download the application on the Cosma 3D web site.

New Computer Museum, Virtual Edition
Digital Den also developed a virtual edition of the New Computer Museum. The video below shows a quick walk-through of the application.

Notice that the posters and objects in this application also link to educational content and interactive activities on the web. You can find out more about this project and download the application from the New Computer Museum web site. http://www.newcomputermuseum.org/

Next steps…
Now that we’ve gotten a few Unity 3D applications under our belt, the next step will be to polish, elaborate and expand how the applications are created and shared. For example, we are experimenting with publishing the above Cosma 3D Gallery to a WebGL version that will playable directly in standard browsers. We are also working on a “VR” version that can be seen using Google Cardboard, Samsung GearVR and Oculus Rift.

In addition, 2016 is being billed as the year that Virtual Reality (VR) will finally take off, and this just might be the case. There are definitely a lot of caveats and plenty of skepticism is warranted, but there really are a lot of significant developments in the field. New VR products will be rolling out into the consumer market every few weeks, and each of the platforms will be introduced and explained on the Cosma 3D blog as they are released. We will also be trying to get as many of the products as possible to review, use for development and share with the public through events.

It is shaping up to be an interesting year! Please stay tuned…