Open Cobalt Alpha is the first step

Open Cobalt Alpha is the first step in a long term project to make available to all people a free and open source platform for constructing, accessing, and sharing virtual workspaces for research and education. This 3D multimedia wiki technology makes it easy to create deeply collaborative and hyperlinked multi-user virtual workspaces, virtual exhibit spaces, and game-based learning and training environments that run on all major software operating systems. By using a peer-based messaging protocol to reduce reliance on server infrastructures for support of basic in world interactions across many participants, Open Cobalt makes it possible for people hyperlink their virtual worlds via 3D portals to form a large distributed network of interconnected collaboration spaces. It also makes it possible for schools and other organizations to freely set up their own networks of public and private 3D virtual workspaces that feature integrated web browsing, voice chat, text chat, and access to remote desktop applications and services.

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03/04/10 – Open Cobalt Alpha to be featured at 2010 Boston iED Summit The Open Cobalt Alpha will be featured in a keynote presentation by Julian Lombardi and Mark McCahill on the first day of the 2010 Boston Immersive Education Initiative Summit (April …
Posted Mar 4, 2010 8:13 PM by Julian Lombardi
02/14/10 – Open Cobalt featured in Chronicle of Higher Education Open Cobalt was featured today in an article entitled “After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds” appearing in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article, by …
Posted Feb 28, 2010 12:08 PM by Julian Lombardi
09/02/09 – Duke’s Julian Lombardi receives National Science Foundation award to advance Open Cobalt User Interface Duke University computer scientist, Julian Lombardi, has received a second NSF Grant to advance “intelligent Interfaces for Managing User Experience in Hypermedia-Enabled Virtual Workspaces”. This research seeks to 1 …
Posted Mar 5, 2010 5:16 AM by Julian Lombardi
12/15/08 – Open Cobalt imports Google 3D Warehouse (KMZ 4) models Open Cobalt now supports the Keyhole Markup Language (KML or KMZ) file format for three dimensional content. KMZ is an XML-based language schema for expressing geographic annotations and visualizations …
Posted Mar 5, 2010 5:12 AM by Julian Lombardi
11/01/2008 – VNC sessions possible in Open Cobalt Open Cobalt now uses Virtual Network Computing (VNC) via the XRFB protocol to remotely control other computers from within virtual workspaces. This allows people to collaboratively work on third-party …
Posted Mar 5, 2010 5:14 AM by Julian Lombardi
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