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UFSGrid Starts Development of "Computer Core Module"

UFSGrid Starts Development of "Computer Core Module" | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

Have you ever secretly wished that you could tell a "computer" terminal in the Virtual World what you wanted, and it gave it to you? Or perhaps you have seen Star Trek role play and wished the props were a bit more interactive. UFSGrid is now taking bold steps toward generating a new "Computer Core Module" intended to give some great new life to some awesome looking, but dull prim props you might have seen before. The idea is to allow characters a Trek themed role play experience with more interactivity which you might come to expect from treknology, as it is fondly known. This module will allow a user to state requests to the appropriate computer terminals such as "Computer locate Captain Trekker", and it would then reply in text with the location of that person if they existed in the computer's database, and no conditions are preventing the computer from locating the character such as the ships internal sensors are offline.

 

"While some might be skeptical and think that this project would be a scripted burden on the server, on the contrary, the module exists as a separate entity with it's own processing power, working directly with grid services to nearly eliminate impact on the sim." said James Pharr, Head of UFSGrid support and Project Co-Developer. While this initial development prototype will be Star Trek in nature, the goal is to produce a module that will ultimately be multi-purpose and adaptable across many different sci-fi themed applications. Pharr went on to say, "Gene Roddenberry's vision of humanity coming together and working towards common goals is truly reflected in the current staff consulting and developing the project, we are literally from different parts of the globe working to create a place people can come together and have fun in an immersive environment. It doesn't get much better than that". Some of the systems that are in development will power functions around the prototype starship being used to develop the module will include, communications, sensors, engines, power grid, computer ability to transport users via console or command, erect forcefields, track health of character, personnel data, and the list goes on. Once systems are in place and functional, it is planned to implement an automated system that will aid in day-to-day role play, providing opportunities to perform maintenance tasks appropriate to the character's position and rank, or special assignments from their chain of command. "My idea is that this module is going to positively change day to day role play, in the sense that you don't have to wait until everyone is online, preparing a mission for several days. You can just drop in and have things to do as any star trek officer", said Ares Q, creator of UFSGrid.

 

ABOUT UFSGRID
UFSGrid is Sci-Fi themed virtual world powered by OpenSim and many custom modifications. UFSGrid offers players the ability to build their own sci-fi themed dream with membership and several cheap land packages. While founded in roots of Star Trek, UFSGrid has broadened its theme to include all of the Sci-Fi genre. UFSGrid is headquarters to the popular non profit Star Trek fan group, United Federation Starfleet and features amazing starships, buildings, and landscapes in UFSGrid, Second Life, and 3rd Rock Grid that are used for role play, events, and socializing by members and guests from various countries, languages, and backgrounds.

 

Ares Q, Creator and Administrator of UFSGrid
Ares.Q@UFSGrid.Com

 

James Pharr, Head of UFSGrid Support
Dionysus.Q@UFSGrid.Com

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Andromeda Media Group: Destroyer of Virtual Worlds (Blog)

Andromeda Media Group: Destroyer of Virtual Worlds (Blog) | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

Click and check this out, it is very entertaining and enlightening to say the least!

 

"The greatest impediment to creating a Metaverse isn’t the lack of technology to do so, it’ the lack of understanding and an outright willful ignorance in the population that otherwise is quite rational."

 

 


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Sci-fi fanatics invade downtown Atlanta, Georgia

Sci-fi fanatics invade downtown Atlanta, Georgia | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
Daily Herald is suburban chicago's largest daily newspaper. the daily herald provides a local perspective with local content such as the northwest suburbs most comprehensive news on the web. your source for updated news from local to national.
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Hollywood's First Sci Fi Musical, Just Imagine (1930) Is Rediscovered

Hollywood's First Sci Fi Musical, Just Imagine (1930) Is Rediscovered | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
When I heard that Santa Monica, California's Aero Theatre with the American Cinematheque/Art Director's Guild was screening the first talkie science fiction film, I was intrigued.
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Why Anyone Who Cares About the Metaverse Needs to Move Beyond Second Life; Now, Not Later | Fleep's Deep Thoughts

Why Anyone Who Cares About the Metaverse Needs to Move Beyond Second Life; Now, Not Later | Fleep's Deep Thoughts | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

Linden Lab is pivoting, as they like to say in start-up land, and they’re pivoting to gamers. They’re no more interested in expanding or creating the metaverse than EA or Blizzard is, the only world changing thing they are aiming for now is better monetization of the entertainment and virtual goods sector.


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OpenSim Webinar || Stanford University 8/28/2012

OpenSim Webinar: Muscle Models in OpenSim 3.0 - Theory and Application

 

Matt Millard will describe the advantages and limitations of new and past muscle models in OpenSim, providing users with the knowledge to choose a muscle model that best suits their application.

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Chris Harrison | TeslaTouch

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New dimensions of virtual experiences are on the horizon. Disney is continuing work on a project that could change the way we experience our sense of touch with their electrovibration principle driven TelsaTouch. Click here and read the full article!

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Behind the Google Goggles, Virtual Reality

Behind the Google Goggles, Virtual Reality | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
Google will start selling eyeglasses that will project information, entertainment and ads onto the lenses, but questions have been raised on how privacy will be regulated.
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New World Notes: Tipodean Converts Second Life & OpenSim Content to Web Using Latest Version of Flash & Unity

New World Notes: Tipodean Converts Second Life & OpenSim Content to Web Using Latest Version of Flash & Unity | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
Click here to see something pretty cool (as depicted above, in a screencap from my own browser): SL content converted to run directly on the web, using Flash and Unity 3D. No, no Unity plug-in required, you just need the...

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How do People with Disability Use and Experience Virtual Worlds and ICT: A Literature Review | Distance-Educator.com

How do People with Disability Use and Experience Virtual Worlds and ICT: A Literature Review | Distance-Educator.com | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

Full Text Research Article:

 

Abstract

There is wide agreement that information and communication technology (ICT) is a valuable tool for people with disability. Several research disciplines have focused on how people with disability can take advantage of the technology available for social, educational and personal purposes. Virtual worlds represent the latest addition to the technologies available, yet there is little research on how people with disability use and experience virtual worlds. A review of research conducted in different disciplines on the affordances and challenges of virtual worlds and ICT for people with disability is presented here. The main objective was to highlight areas that lack sufficient research in the field of virtual worlds for people with disability. Understanding how use of ICT influences people with disability is important to identify the possibilities and challenges virtual worlds offer to this group. Findings from this study indicate that there is little empirical research exploring the social aspects, work opportunities and personal value virtual worlds may offer people with disability. The research reviewed points to the importance of bringing research disciplines together to accelerate knowledge about the potential and promises of virtual worlds for people with disability.
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research


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Will Syfy's Defiance succeed in crossing over between television and gaming? | Transliteracy: Physical, Augmented, & Virtual Worlds

Will Syfy's Defiance succeed in crossing over between television and gaming? | Transliteracy: Physical, Augmented, & Virtual Worlds | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
Syfy's new show Defiance aims to combine a traditional TV show with an online gaming experience. And based on what we saw yesterday, Syfy might just pull it off. (Will Syfy's Defiance succeed in crossing over between television and gaming?

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BitInstant looks to bridge virtual and real world currencies with international Bitcoin credit card

BitInstant looks to bridge virtual and real world currencies with international Bitcoin credit card | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
Exchange service BitInstant is reportedly planning to bridge the gap between the digital world of Bitcoin virtual currency and the real world of debit/credit card payments. An unconfirmed ...

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Newsday: 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' celebrates 25 years with cinema screenings

Newsday: 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' celebrates 25 years with cinema screenings | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

Click here to read more of this great article from Newsday!

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Metaverse Traveller: Second Life the Video Game According to Iron Man, Rodvik

Metaverse Traveller: Second Life the Video Game According to Iron Man, Rodvik | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

Blogging about the free Metaverse, Aurora Sim, Open Sim and virtual worlds in general...

 

Check out this great article! Metaverse-Traveller discusses SecondLife and their video-game like focus, the 'End Game Manager', and other very interesting views!

 

... "Well, that is all so much water under the bridge now and the vision of people like Mark Kingdom was taken up by Opensim supporters anyway. The Open Metaverse exist today or, at least, Opensim is the only platform offering the nearest thing to a Metaverse of independent grids and standalone worlds where they may all connect via Hypergrid travel and move content from one place to another."

 

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The 2012 Dragon*Con parade

The 2012 Dragon*Con parade | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
It takes one to know one. When it comes to topics of interest to nerds, geeks, and superfans, we know how true that is. Geek Out! features stories from a nerd\'s perspective that you can still share with your \"normal\" friends and family.
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'Cyborg' tissues: Merging engineered human tissues with bio-compatible nanoscale wires

'Cyborg' tissues: Merging engineered human tissues with bio-compatible nanoscale wires | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

:: SCI-FI Coming to a Real Life Near You!! ::

Scientists have, for the first, time created a type of "cyborg" tissue by embedding a three-dimensional network of functional, bio-compatible nanoscale wires into engineered human tissues.

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Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies - CNN.com

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies - CNN.com | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died, his family said Saturday. He was 82.
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OpenSim - Support, Events and Resources

OpenSim - Support, Events and Resources | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

Recently, the renowned Stanford University hosted an OpenSim workshop for developers and advanced users. We are excited to hear more about the turnout and developments that may have come from this exciting event. This is not the first event of this nature that has taken place, as the National Center for Simulation in Rehibilitation Research appears to have an ongoing schedule of events from conferences, webinars, and workshops.

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Linda Kellie Leaves the V-Worlds

A source for free downloads of many original creations for you to use on your virtual world grid. Royalty free textures. Use any way you want.

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CiteULike: Virtual Reality: How Much Immersion Is Enough?

CiteULike: Virtual Reality: How Much Immersion Is Enough? | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

Solid evidence of virtual reality's benefits has graduated from impressive visual demonstrations to producing results in practical applications. Further, a realistic experience is no longer immersion's sole asset. Empirical studies show that various components of immersion provide other benefits - full immersion is not always necessary. The goal of immersive virtual environments (VEs) was to let the user experience a computer-generated world as if it were real - producing a sense of presence, or "being there," in the user's mind.

 

D. A. Bowman, R. P. McMahan. Computer In Computer, Vol. 40, No. 7. (July 2007), pp. 36-43, doi:10.1109/MC.2007.257.

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Litigating Trademark And Copyright Cases In The Metaverse | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Litigating Trademark And Copyright Cases In The Metaverse | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

In Neal Stephenson’s 1992 science fiction novel, Snow Crash,[1] humans battle each other as avatars in the “Metaverse,” the collective product of online shared three‑dimensional space.[2] While Stephenson’s “Metaverse,” created by all virtual worlds as...

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Social Media Is Much More Than Just Social and Media - Huffington Post (blog)

Social Media Is Much More Than Just Social and Media - Huffington Post (blog) | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
Social Media Is Much More Than Just Social and MediaHuffington Post (blog)They think they are now using social media because they have so many followers and post something on their Facebook page every so often.
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QR Codes: Interactive Bridge Between Real and Virtual Worlds

QR Codes: Interactive Bridge Between Real and Virtual Worlds | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it
QR codes are shaping up to become a big player in 2012. Today, we take look at some of the coolest QR code campaigns and interesting ways to implement them.

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Litigating Trademark And Copyright Cases In The Metaverse | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Litigating Trademark And Copyright Cases In The Metaverse | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

Virtual worlds don't exist outside of trademark and copyright protections ...good article that gives an overview of some of the case law.


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SLACTIONS 2012 | SLACTIONS – Life, imagination, and work using metaverse platforms

SLACTIONS 2012 | SLACTIONS – Life, imagination, and work using metaverse platforms | UFSGrid - a Sci-Fi Themed Grid | Scoop.it

SLACTIONS – Life, imagination, and work using metaverse platforms...  Click here for more of this great article by SLACTIONS!

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