Monthly Archives: September 2013

Marineville – the OpenSim Undersea Exploration Region

Combining open source assets from several educational developers, a new OpenSim region is being created… called “Marineville” after the fictional base for Gerry Anderson’s Stingray futuristic submarine. The assets combined are: Undersea Observatory OpenSim Archive by Justin Reeve. Abyss in … Continue reading

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Vue-Port Replaces Openvue Hypergrid Jump Regions

A recent change to OpenSim variants of virtual worlds viewers (such as Firestorm, Singularity and Kokua) means that the “4096 Bug” is now fixed. The 4096 bug meant that OpenSim avatars could only hop between regions on a grid or … Continue reading

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Roller Coasters on OSGrid Recreation Plaza

On Recreation Plaza on the OpenSimulator-based OSGrid are some fine roller coaster and theme park rides built by Cuteulala Artis. Roller coasters are an interest of mine in real theme parks, simulation rides, virtual rides and games. I have been … Continue reading

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Deep Space 1 flies in OpenSim

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Deep Space 1 was the first spacecraft to be autonomously controlled by an onboard** AI planner and execution system in the Remote Agent eXperiment (RAX). The spacecraft flew with other novel and experimental technologies such … Continue reading

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Coursera AI Planning MOOC Interview

[Transcript and commentary of interview with Austin Tate on 24th September 2013 about the AI Planning MOOC by Siân Bayne and Jen Ross, School of Education, University of Edinburgh] Artificial Intelligence Planning Instructors: Dr. Gerhard Wickler and Prof. Austin Tate … Continue reading

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Voyager 1 in Interstellar Space

I have been following the Voyager missions since launch, and indeed was interested in them during the long lead up to the “Grand Tour” mission. In 1971, I had the collector cards for Brooke Bond’s “The Race into Space” which … Continue reading

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Experience of Attending OSCC13

I have just about recovered from attending a two day international conference with 10 hours of activity each day and approx. 360 participants (150 peak – as reported at the OpenSim Dev Weekly meeting on 10th September 2013). There was … Continue reading

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OSCC13 Staff Lineup

The OSCC13 Staff, Streaming, & Planning Team. Image thanks to Nebadon Izumi (hi-res original here) The conference resources will continue to be available via http://conference.opensimulator.org/2013/ View the various sessions, panels and talks via the UStream recordings: Archive for Keynotes panels … Continue reading

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OSCC13 Social Exploration of Atropia Expt on MOSES

After the closing technical sessions of the OpenSimulator Community Conference 2013 a number of social events and grid visits took place. One was a visit to the US Army Research Lab’s MOSES Grid and its Brentville, Atropia simulation and training … Continue reading

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Mobile Simudyne Viewer for Microsoft Surface Pro

Simudyne, a London-based company with offices across the world, have released the Simudyne Viewer with features to allow for touch screen usage on the Microsoft Surface Pro. It is initially used to access only their own OpenSim-based SimuGrid. The Simudyne … Continue reading

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OSCC13 – Grady Booch on My Virtual Life

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OSCC13 Second Day

The second day of the first OpenSimulator Community Conference began with a keynote panel on innovative applications of OpenSimulator run in the four sim keynote conferencing area, with audio from the panels fed into the audio stream of the in-world … Continue reading

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OSCC13 First Day Party Night

The first day of the conference is now over. At times I was monitoring two streams and making links to watch the UStream recorded sessions. Great content. OpenSim, presentation and audio streaming technology worked great. Fantastic work by the teams … Continue reading

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OSCC13 First Day

The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2013 opened on time today on the custom built OpenSim-based grid. Visitors from across the Hypergrid (from various home grids) converged to the initial welcome session and a panel on the past and future of OpenSim. … Continue reading

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OSCC13 Research Track Activity in Context Booth

The booth for my talk on my MSc Dissertation work on “Activity in Context” is now ready for the conference attendees… The Research Track papers will be presented in Breakout Zone 5 on the conferencing grid… And this is Ai … Continue reading

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Ready Player One – Aech’s Basement Chatroom in Second Life

I previously mentioned the novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and its depiction of a pervasive virtual world of the future… in my post on 12th May 2013. Aech’s basement Chatroom from the novel has been recreated bySecond Life … Continue reading

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OSCC13 Preliminary Personal Schedule

The OpenSimluator Community Conference 2913 is using a nice on-line scheduling and session information tool from Sched.org. My own first pass at scheduling my time amongst all the very interesting talks and panels is here… I may be using a … Continue reading

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OSCC13 Load and TP Tests 5-Sep-2013

Further facilities testing on the OpenSimulator Community Conference grid… this time with tests of movement of avatars via teleports between the keynote and breakout session regions… and including access permissions checks.

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OSCC13 Expo Area Builds Underway

The builders of the Expo areas for OpenSimulator Community Conference have been very busy and their buildings and demonstrations are now taking shape ahead of the conference next weekend. Make sure you visit these areas to see all the work … Continue reading

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OSCC13 Load Test 3-Sep-2013

Once again, and perhaps for the final time before the OpenSimulator Community Conference on 7th and 8th September 2013, the community came together from many home OpenSim grids to test the conference keynote facilities. Over 200 avatars and bots took … Continue reading

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Firestorm Viewer Third Anniversary

The Firestorm Virtual Worlds Viewer is three years old and a “Third Anniversary Party” was held in Second Life, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary too.

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OSCC13 Research Track Zone

The OpenSimulator Community Conference Research Track Breakout Zone 5 (B5) is now almost complete and ready for customisation to the needs of the Research Track sessions. The whole virtual world conference facility across more than 20 regions is being created … Continue reading

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