As a follow-up to yesterday's post on the amazing virtual 3D camera magic behind avatar, it's cool to see WETA using MySQL too. The processing power required to render these new ultra-realistic digital worlds includes 40,000 processors, 104 terabytes of RAM, 17GB/minute of storage for the final cut making WETA's renderfarm #196-199 on the Top 500. As John Lasseter always says, "the art challenges the technology and technology inspires the art". I cannot wait to see the worlds...
I saw Avatar in IMAX 3-D last Friday. It is simply an amazing cinematic experience and great to see 3-D now hitting the big screen, TV screens and of course the web. Here's a cool video about some of the technology behind the scenes in case you missed it. Hats off to Mr. Cameron and his crew.
The folks at Birmingham City University are moving along well in building their new communication and training models for healthcare professionals using Project Wonderland. The photo below shows some of the fine modeling work, most of the apps they need running in-world and even new Evolver avatars!
Here's some info on the latest Wonderland effort as part of European FP7 initiative. Dr. Michael Gardner at Essex who headed up the MiRTLE Project with us is the PI now on + Spaces. New EU FP7 project +Spaces to start in January 2010 Recently funded by the EU Framework 7 ICT programme (call 4), the +Spaces project (Positive Spaces: Policy Simulation in Virtual Spaces) will start in January 2010. The value of the award to the University of Essex is 316,000 EURO over 30 months,...
This is a first look at use of the Glasshouse plugin API, with a plugin that allows ad-hoc query building via the 3D environment! Multiple datasets can be correlated and compared. Here CEO Ben Lindquist shows some analysis of firewall log activity to and from China
Here's the latest video from the Sun Center-of-Excellence for Project Wonderland at Saint Paul College. You can learn all about their development, curriculum and technology initatives at the Virtual Northstar Project site.
PEOPLE2PEOPLE - Using Virtual Worlds for developing Leadership and Conflict Resolution Skills Among Arab and Jewish Israeli Students. Announcing the Opening the Immersive Education Middle East Virtual World Project supported by the Grid Institute on Sun Microsystem's Project Wonderland platform.