[FoRK] [croquet-dev] Croquet SDK 1.0 Released
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Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 11:11:00 -0400
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Subject: [croquet-dev] Croquet SDK 1.0 Released
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Nonprofit Croquet Consortium Releases Open-Source Software Tool Kit to
Promote Collaborative 3-D Virtual Environments
DURHAM, N.C. March 27, 2007 A nonprofit consortium of academic and
corporate partners announced Tuesday the release of a free software
tool kit for developers to use in creating 3-D "virtual environments."
"Were seeking to enable the creation of a rich series of
interconnected Croquet worlds where people can engage in productive
collaborative interactions in support of learning and commerce --
worlds that can be created, maintained and continually modified
without the constraints of proprietary computer code," said Julian
Lombardi, assistant vice president of Dukes Office of Information
The Croquet Consortiums new "3-D Virtual Environments Software
Developers Kit" (Croquet SDK 1.0) will promote collaboration among
far-flung research teams working on everything from cancer cells to
hurricanes, as well as active learning among students and their
instructors. These networked 3-D teams from research, education and
industry will be able to work together across a variety of computer
platforms and devices, from laptops to cell phones.
"This will change the way people think about software and computation,
from todays device-oriented perspective to a perspective of
computation as a persistent, pervasive service," said Patrick Scaglia,
vice president of research and development at HP Labs.
Croquet 3-D virtual environments can support live discussion among
worldwide collaborators who come together in "real time" within a 3-D
virtual space. They may view, manipulate and revise documents, dynamic
visualizations or large amounts of data from sources such as
laboratories or supercomputing centers.
Added Greg Nuyens, chief executive officer of Qwaq Inc., "We have
found Croquet to be a compelling platform technology for developing
very large scale, richly featured and interlinked virtual
environments. With the release of the Croquet SDK, we are excited
about the new possibilities for using Croquet in our products and see
benefits for developers everywhere."
For example, public health officials and epidemiologists across a
country could use the Croquet environment to track the spread of an
infectious disease by sharing a dynamically changing display of
infection data. Similarly, architects and engineers could collaborate
on a building design, or chemists and biologists could prototype
different chemical compositions for a new drug.
The kit provides developers with a flexible tool to create virtual
spaces with built-in networked telephony and a "late-binding
object-oriented" programming language that allows multiple users to
jointly create, animate or modify 3-D objects and dynamic simulations.
Developers can also import and share resources, such as 2-D web
applications or multimedia content, from their own systems. Working
together across multiple locations, they can change simulations while
they are running and work together to create new applications -- all
in real time.
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