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building conceptually rich online vr environments the simsafety case study

Building Conceptually Rich Online VR Environments: The ‘SimSafety’ case study

Kalaitzis D., Valeontis E., Delis V., Fountana M.,

Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Patras, Greece

about simsafety

“SimSafety: The Flight Simulator for Internet Safety” is a research project funded under the Lifelong Learning EU Program http://www.simsafety.eu/

  • Partners:
    • Hellenic Open University (HOU)
    • Research Academic Computer Technology Institute (RACTI)
    • Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute (CNTI)
    • University of Minho (UMinho)
    • Transylvania University of Brasov (UTBv)
    • Dafnord Association (Dafnord)
    • The University of Hull (Hull University)
About SimSafety
project aims

The development of a on-line VR environment that will help children achieve an in-depth understanding of Internet dangers and risks through:

    • Exposure to simulated internets risks (content, contact, conduct) under a “safe” environment
    • Role playing games, aimed to address safety issues
    • Stand-alone activities
    • Participation in dynamic groups of young users that can interact with this virtual environment
  • The targeted user group: pupils 9-11 years old
Project Aims
virtual environments

Attractive 3D graphics

  • Persistent, comprehensive (realistic space-time environments)
  • Constantly evolving by the online residents
  • Chat (public / private)
  • Appearance (body, clothing, gestures, movement)
  • 3D prims (artifacts)
  • teleporting
  • OpenSimulator (http://opensimulator.org/)
Virtual Environments
limitations

need for conceptually rich constructs

  • track a walk, an advice, a suggestion
  • spatial – temporal proximity
  • bullying, encouragement, friendship
  • level of awareness
Limitations
modules

Establish conceptual interaction tools

    • Touch an object
    • Trigger an event on approach
Modules
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Programmable bots (NPC)

    • Simulate dangers
    • Track user dialogs
Modules
modules3

Custom database

  • Centralized management
Modules
technology

Ubuntu linux operating system

    • Mono – open source, cross-platform, implementation of C# 
  • OpenSimulator platform (http://opensimulator.org)
    • Custom .NET modules
Technology
technology1

Mysql RDBMS

    • OpenSimulator database
    • SimSafety game database – scores, quiz, tracking, mini games etc
  • Apache / PHP custom web services
    • Game frontend – database communication
Technology