In this blog post I’ll be talking about how I designed and implemented my Decentrablocks project. The idea for this scene was simple: I wanted to be able to intuitively build things while actually standing in the scene, not in a separate Builder or with an external text editor and modeling software (as one does with the SDK). Also, I’m not a 3D artist, so it had to be made entirely of primitive shapes.
As you can see, this is a tool very similar to the prim-building tools offered by Second Life, as well as High Fidelity’s in-world building tools.
Don’t forget to register for the upcoming Decentraland SDK Hackathon. There’s still time to enter the contest, which runs from Sept. 16th-30th, and you could win your share of over US$275,000 worth of prizes, in either MANA (DCL’s cryptocurrency) or LAND (DCL’s 16 m by 16 m square plots of virtual land). Enter today!
VRAVO! (yes, with an exclamation mark, like Yahoo!), created by a company called VRidge, bills itself as “the Virtual and Augmented Reality Presentations Platform, designed for Corporate and Education”:
CREATE/DESIGN: Create your XR presentation using our web based platform, including engaging 360 Videos, Animated 3D Models, 3D Layered Slides, 3D Charts and more.
SCHEDULE/PUBLISH: Schedule your next presentation (or publish it for on demand access).
PRESENT: Control your presentation in real time using our VRAVO! Presenter tools for Desktop and Mobile.
ATTEND: Your audience will use VRAVO! Attendee apps to watch the presentation in virtual or augmented reality.
Here, “augmented reality” means seeing it through your mobile device like Pokémon Go, which I don’t consider true AR. (Their website says “Soon available for AR headsets”. I’ll believe that little bit of marketing hype when I see it.)
Here’s a couple of promotional videos for the product:
This second video gives you a better feel for what VRAVO! presentations can look like:
VRLand is a one-person project, a low-poly WebVR-based virtual world you can navigate using your browser, with or without a VR headset. From the main entry point, there are five scenes for you to explore:
In some of the experiences, you automatically have a rifle attached to you, and you can shoot at things.
The site strongly resembles Mozilla Hubs and has the same functionality: you can pick an experience to load, and invite friends to join you. You can use it on the desktop or in a VR headset. You don’t even need to set up an account first to use it!