Dynamic virtual environments using really simple syndication
Dunk, A., Jamieson, R. and Alexandrov, V. (2008) Dynamic virtual environments using really simple syndication. In: Bubak, M., Dongarra, J., VanAlbada, G.D. and Sloot, P.M.A. (eds.) Computational science: international conference in computational science 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5103. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 429-437. ISBN 9783540693888
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This paper investigates the use of really simple syndication (RSS) to dynamically change virtual environments. The case study presented here uses meteorological data downloaded from the Internet in the form of an RSS feed, this data is used to simulate current weather patterns in a virtual environment. The downloaded data is aggregated and interpreted in conjunction with a configuration file, used to associate relevant weather information to the rendering engine. The engine is able to animate a wide range of basic weather patterns. Virtual reality is a way of immersing a user into a different environment, the amount of immersion the user experiences is important. Collaborative virtual reality will benefit from this work by gaining a simple way to incorporate up-to-date RSS feed data into any environment scenario. Instead of simulating weather conditions in training scenarios, actual weather conditions can be incorporated, improving the scenario and immersion.
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