|The IDIA lab virtualization of Rome's Pantheon|
Blue Mars, a virtual world that, except for some updates and a few new destinations, has been frozen in time for the past three years. An announcement in January 2011 said that development of the pc-based virtual world would be on hold -- but development of mobile applications would continue. Another announcement later in 2011 said that IDIA Lab, which is a part of Indiana's Ball State University, would would receive the rights to develop new applications for Blue Mars for some of their cutting edge applications of virtual reality. We are now seeing one of the first projects come to fruition -- and it is an amazing achievement.
|My avatar interacts with Roman Citizen bots|
|Blue Mars allows you to change the light perspective of a scene -- this is the Winter Solstice|
To find out more about Blue Mars:
To find out more about Ball State University and the IDIA Lab:
To find out more about the Pantheon project:
To find out more about the Pantheon, which still stands in Rome:
|The three dimensionality of the architecture is very realistic|
To visit the Virtual Pantheon:
First step, create an account
(note: I found Blue Mars is relatively easy to master and navigate).
Secondly, download client (note: Windows only)
Lastly, visit the Virtual Pantheon:
|Eddi stands in front of a Roman statue|
|Information on the Pantheon Project is Available Through the Help Menu|
|The Interior of the Pantheon is Highly Detailed|
|Here I am in Close Up Perspective|
|Eddi Interacts With Some Gossipping Roman Bots|
Here are two machinima on the project that you will find interesting
The first is from resident Mexi Lane (Marina Bellini). It is short and gives you a quick introduction to the sophistication of the build.
The second, longer machinima is from IDIA Lab and explains the project in detail: