It is interesting that with all the attention on the Facebook purchase of Oculus Rift, the virtual reality goggles that immerse the learner in a 3D world, people have forgotten about the continued work on building and creating 3D virtual world platforms for learning, collaboration and teamwork.
Well two companies that I have worked with are continuing to be pioneers in the area of virtual 3D worlds. And recently, within two days of one another, I received some great videos from each of the companies.
From Immersive Learning I received a link to this great video about health and safety on an oil rig. I recently wrote a whitepaper for them describing how they are helping people learn new languages through their immersive 3D platform. Enjoyable and practical way to learn a new language. You can download the whitepaper here. Check out the video, I think it is a great example of how 3D virtual worlds can be used for learning.
I also received a link from my long time colleague Ron Burns. A few years ago I wrote a whitepaper for ProtonMedia called Collaboration Advantages of 3-D Virtual Immersive Environments and Ron and the folks at ProtonMedia haven’t stopped innovating and have moved the 3D virtual world learning space light years ahead since that whitepaper.
So, here is a sneak peek and tour of the ProtoSphere environment, the new interface, and some of the beautiful spaces being created with the improved dynamic lighting, shadows, and normal mapping that the game engine is capable of. You can also see the 3D object management tools that will provide people with flexibility to create custom spaces and artwork in ProtoSphere. I think the world looks great, what a wonderful learning space.
Check it out.