This Opensim user is looking for the next platform to deliver the promises that are stalled in other platforms in VR. I think SineSpace is ahead, but I want High Fidelity to win. I see the incremental gains and improvements, and have some hope. My focus is not on technology, but on use cases - what I want to do. Here is my list of what I hope to see in the future, to be translated into RFEs.
What VR Needs in the Future
VR Use Cases
- Complete Communication for a Virtual Company (Like Automattic)
- Immersive Learning/Training
- Shared Objects/Views
- Webinars and Sales Demos
- A virtual office with private offices, conference rooms and places for water cooler chats (like Sococo) - must run on any device.
- Real time virtual graphing, e.g. Google Analytics
- Social / Entertainment Functions
- Extremely granular control of permissions and views. If you have ever gone to a contentious family reunion, you know why.
- Easy and safe methods of quickly sharing essential personal data, like a business card
- Easy and reliable sound streaming and visual effects (particles, effects on a prim, etc.)
- Virtual Tourism
- A method of quickly mapping/building sims based on external data, including terrain, objects, etc.
- Peripherals for greater immersion
- I don’t have to like it, but the fact is that technical developments are driven by games, sex and pr0n. The platform that enables those activities will gain market share very quickly.
- Here is a list of others:
- Scales for a variety of users. On one end of the spectrum is the latest VR gear. On the other end is a poor 3rd world farmer with a less than current cell phone. Think of the greyscale avatar in “Snow Crash”. Not all need the same experience, but all need access. VR will either greatly increase the gap between the haves and have-nots, or it will help to reduce that gap.
- Related: A Web/Mobile Interface for non-VR users. I want to have a client meeting with an important client or partner that can’t or won’t ever put on and learn to use a headset, and will not bother to download software. My client should be able to go to a given URL, and see a reasonable view of 3D demo objects, hear sound, text chats, whiteboards and web apps in-world, with no hassle or technical problems.
- Media On A Prim, or whatever the equivalent is called, needs to support all manner of robust web apps. There needs to be the ability that MOAP currently has, of concurrent user sessions, but also synchronized single sessions for things like powerpoint. I like to build huge multi-page 3D dashboards, like my own NORAD.
- Text chat in the GUI and enabled by default. Seriously!
- Methods to interact with 3D objects needed to simulate a “try before you buy” demo: driving a car, furniture arrangement, real estate tours, trying on clothing, etc.
- Search for anything: Get Google to build it and then give you funding for putting the search bar in - that is how Mozilla operates.
- Lastly, It would be helpful for those of us coming from Opensim or SL, to have some sort of “Rosetta Stone”, explaining how common things in those worlds are done in this one (sound streaming, media on a prim, etc.), or what the equivalent thing is.