Happy New Year!

2015 was a busy year for Digital Den, and 2016 is shaping up to be even more exciting!

Before explaining what’s coming, here’s a bit of news.

Cosma 3D Gallery
We’ve just finished a new demo — it is a 3D virtual gallery that is an interface to interesting, interactive and 3D web content. here is a video walk-through of the application. Notice that all of the posters and objects are links.

The application runs on Windows 7/8, and you can download it from Google Drive. It was developed in Unity3D, so it requires a computer with a fairly good CPU and graphics card. If you want to try it for yourself, click the link below, then click “Download.”

Cosma 3D v.1.5 (Cosma-3D-15.exe, 81 mb, Google Drive)

It is a self-extracting Zip file (.exe). You may receive warnings that you are downloading a “suspicious” file. Do not worry, it is still “home baked,” but there are no viruses. Once you download the file and unzip it, you will see a folder called “Cosma 3D” that has a “Cosma-3D-15.exe” file and a corresponding data folder. Click on the “Cosma-3D-15.exe” file to run it. Again, you may need to allow your virus software to run it or click “more info.” and “okay” in Windows Defender. After you are running the application, you will see instructions. There is also more information about this application and the history of the project on the Cosma 3D Gallery page.

Coming soon…
Now that we’ve gotten a few Unity 3D applications under our belt, the next step is to polish, elaborate and expand how the applications are created and shared. For example, we are experimenting with publishing the above Cosma 3D Gallery to a WebGL version that will playable directly in standard browsers. We are also working on a “VR” version that can be seen using Google Cardboard, Samsung GearVR and Oculus Rift. Watch for more announcements soon, but now, speaking of the Oculus Rift…

It is finally here!
2016 is being billed as the year that Virtual Reality (VR) will finally take off, and this just might be the case. There are definitely a lot of caveats and plenty of skepticism is warranted, but no matter what, there really are a lot of significant developments in the area that are about to come to the general public’s notice in the first half of 2016, and the fun will kick-off any minute as the buzz out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) hits the press this weekend. Here’s an article that covers some of what you will hear.
CES 2016 will be virtual reality showcase (Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY)

Shortly after that, the Facebook owned Oculus will finally start taking orders for their consumer version of the Oculus Rift. Then a raft full of other significant VR products will roll out into the consumer market every few weeks the rest of the year. Each of the platforms will be introduced and explained on the Cosma 3D blog as they are released. Digital Den will be trying to get our hands on as many of the products as possible to review, use for development and share with the public through events. Stay tuned as we report about our progress here…

For now, thank you for your interest and again, Happy New Year! -Mary