Category Archives: OpenSim

Testing CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43412

CtrlAltStudio is a version of the virtual worlds viewer for Second Life and OpenSim created by David Rowe. It has been updated to CtrlAltStudio 1.2.6.43412 [Codeplex Archive] to run with the Oculus Rift CV1 (as well as the previously supported … Continue reading

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Testing CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43402

CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43402 is an early test version that has been replaced with the updated CtrlAltStudio Viewer 1.2.6.43412 to address some issues, support the X-Box One controller, and provide further graphics experimentation options for the Oculus Rift. These notes were … Continue reading

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Sim-on-a-Stick for OpenSim Development and Testing

Ener Hax’s “Sim-on-a-Stick” (http://simonastick.com) is a very useful prebuilt setup that allows a local copy of OpenSimulator to be quickly used for a new development or test environment. It can be used to create a fresh setup each time tests … Continue reading

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MOSES Office Hours 13-May-2016

The MOSES military metaverse grid members hold regular weekly “office hours” presentations and discussion meetings. At this specific meeting there was a discussion of the “Redmine” Wiki used for development and community contributions within team members of the MOSES project, … Continue reading

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OpenVCE Region on MOSES Grid

The OpenSimulator-based OpenVCE region has been reactivated on the MOSES Military Metaverse OpenSim grid to make this example of a virtual collaboration environment accessible for demonstrations to US federal and other agencies. The region contains a range of meeting facilities … Continue reading

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MOSES OpenSim Assets

The MOSES (Military Metaverse) Project has produced some assets, sample regions in OpenSimulator Archive (OAR) format, avatars and wearables. They are licenced under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0. LIDAR Scanned Region Creation The US Army Research Labs Simulation Technology and Training … Continue reading

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MOSES Office Hours 29-Apr-2016

The MOSES military metaverse grid members hold regular weekly “office hours” presentations and discussion meetings. At this specific meeting there was a discussion of using virtual environments for training and review of training exercises, and giving greater training time in … Continue reading

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Fish4Knowledge at Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016

Jessica Chen-Burger (as avatar Skye Gears) presented the Fish4Knowledge project outreach pavilion and underwater aquarium project in Second Life and OpenSim at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016 online conference (VWBPE-2016). More details of the F4K Exhibition gallery … Continue reading

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Roller Coasters in OpenSim

I previously wrote about the roller coasters on OSGrid’s Recreation Plaza created by Cuteulala Artis and colleagues. Cuteulala has also provided a free access roller coaster that anyone can use. But everyone is asked to respect the open source nature … Continue reading

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OpenSimulator Varregion Tests

Normally Second Life and OpenSim have regions which are 256m X 256m in size. Regions can be placed alongside one another to make up larger land masses, as is done with the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) regions which can … Continue reading

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Vue Display in Maps of Second Life

The Maps of Second Life Pavilion is accessible at New Kadath Lighthouse Art Gallery, New Kadath (34, 51, 22) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Kadath/34/52/23. It is curated by Juliana Lethdetter, a member of the Second Life Historical Society, and shows maps and information … Continue reading

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Halloween on OSGrid 2015

The 2015 Halloween Party on OSGrid’s All Hallows Plaza… 31 Oct 2015 12:00 SLT

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SculptGL

A web-based mesh creation tool at http://stephaneginier.com/sculptgl/ Especially for Halloween

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Valkyrie Avatar

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics is to get a NASA Valkyrie Robot in March 2016 as part of its Robotarium. The Valkyrie robotic platform was originally designed and built in 2013 to carry out search and rescue missions in line … Continue reading

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OpenSim OAR Convert to Unity Scene with Windows Interface

News 19-Nov-2016: The licence for OAR Converter was clarified on 19th November 2016 to ensure users and other developers realised this was intended to be openly and freely usable but to leave the copyright notice, author credits and liability statement … Continue reading

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Fish4Knowledge Pavilion and Underwater Gallery in OpenSim

The Fish4Knowledge Virtual World Gallery and Underwater pavilion was originally created in Second Life but has now been replicated on the OpenSimulator-based Openvue grid and OSGrid. OSGrid provides free avatar to anyone so is a good way to visit the … Continue reading

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InSpace Gallery – January 2007 Artists Walkway

OpenSimulator-based Openvue grid Informatics virtual InSpace gallery with images and art from the external walkway that was in place in January 2007 during construction of the Informatics Forum. Visit with any OpenSim hypergrid enabled grid avatar, e.g. one from OSGrid. … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality for Gerry Anderson Locations

Gerry Anderson locations for the TV series Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray have been recreated using fan produced 3D models of the buildings, scenery and vehicles used in the TV shows. These have been used in OpenSimulator to create 3D … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality in Second Life and OpenSim using the CtrlAltStudio Viewer

David Rowe’s CtrlAltStudio Viewer allows 3D stereoscopic and Oculus Rift Head Mounted Display (HMD) viewers of Second Life and OpenSim-based Virtual Worlds. It supports gamepad controllers too, such as the Xbox gamepad. Version 1.2.5.43397 (3rd October 2015) had been updated … Continue reading

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OpenVCE in Unity and VR

As described in this blog post, the OpenVCE region as it appears in OpenSim including its I-Zone/I-Rooms has been converted to Unity compatible assets via the OpenSim OAR Converter and combined with an earlier I-Room Unity application using the Smart … Continue reading

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OpenVCE on MOSES Grid

The MOSES Grid has moved to new servers and avatars or regions that existed on the original grid are being restored or recreated using OpenSim Inventory Archives (IARs) for avatars or OpenSim Archives (OARs) for regions. The OpenVCE region has … Continue reading

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OpenSim – JustinCC Bon Voyage Party

A Hypergrid Safari party on OSGrid on 23rd September 2015 was to honour core OpenSim developer and Overte Foundation chairman Justin Clark-Casey, stepping down from his lead position in the team to focus on other activities. But hopefully keeping a … Continue reading

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OpenVCE and I-Room in Unity with VR

The Open Virtual Collaboration Environment (OpenVCE) initially created in Second Life and OpenSim along with its I-Room (virtual space for intelligent interaction) have been available for some time as OpenSim Archive (OAR) files and assets available in Second Life and … Continue reading

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OpenSim OAR Convert to Unity Scene

A later version of OAR Converter is available which includes a Windows graphical user interface for convenient conversions. See this blog post. This page gives notes and links related to the OAR converter to create textures, meshes and terrain suitable … Continue reading

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Setting up a Standalone OpenSim Server from Scratch

These notes will describe how to set up a “Standalone” OpenSimulator (OpenSim) server on Windows from scratch… using the latest stable version or even the very latest “Dev master” experimental version. They are intended to quickly get you going with … Continue reading

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Simple Use of Git for OpenSim Development

Git is a source code version control supporting contributions from a number of developers. Git tutorial and reference material is available via including a complete online “Pro Git” book. Contributions are made by “non-core” developers who can submit a “patch” … Continue reading

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Open Metaverse – the OpenSimulator Contribution

OpenSimulator and its “grid of grids” (Hypergrid) approach is perhaps the nearest virtual worlds environment we current have that approximates the “Metaverse” as envisaged in science fiction (e.g. Snowcrash) and popular culture. It is an approximation of what others seem … Continue reading

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OSGrid 8th Birthday Party – OS

OSGrid has reached its 8th birthday and held a birthday party (OSGB8) on the Event Plaza with disco, live music and dancing…

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Vue – Maps in Second Life

Vue – the Virtual University of Edinburgh – is a virtual educational and research institute bringing together all those interested in the use of virtual worlds for teaching, research and outreach related to the University of Edinburgh. Following separate developments … Continue reading

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Drawingboard in Second Life and OpenSim

Using the Media on a Prim (MOAP) capability to display web pages, including JavaScript (.js) on faces of objects in Second Life and OpenSim, a simple drawing facility can be provided. Drawingboard – Single User Whiteboard Drawingboard is a canvas … Continue reading

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