Madison, Wisconsin (PRWEB) October 26, 2007
Complex 3D simulations are a powerful tool for training, e-Learning, and real-time operations support. Fortunately, with a new tool under development using Hypercosm's 3D Software suite, they will soon be easier and more economical to create as well.
After a successful prototype demonstration of a new web-based 3D simulation authoring platform, PLANET LLC was awarded a $600,000 Small Business Innovative Research Phase II Grant from NASA to deliver an authoring tool that will allow subject matter experts or graphic designers, and not high-level programmers, to create the logic behind a complex simulation.
NASA is looking to use the Hypercosm 3D simulation platform for web-based astronaut training and just-in-time operations support for tasks like repairs or maintenance. As NASA continues their path toward long-duration space missions, critical simulation tools like Hypercosm will be a requirement for future crews that may have to perform tasks months or years after they received their training.
The two year contract was awarded by the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. PLANET LLC will use their web-based Hypercosm 3D software partnered with software tools from their knowledge partner, Discovery Machine Inc. of Williamsport, PA, to complete the tool development. Discovery Machine Inc. specializes in software approaches to knowledge acquisition and engineering, and building tools to make this knowledge easily accessible to non-technical experts.
"This project will result in a very powerful but user-friendly tool for developers of 3D training and operations," said Thomas Crabb, President of PLANET LLC. "Web-based simulation will soon be the basis for most training on complex systems, and when they can be authored quickly and cost effectively - and still contain a high level of artificial intelligence - they will become the training option of choice."
Hypercosm focuses on 3D interactive content creation and tools for high fidelity simulation, training and portable, web-based 3D visualization. Their content development team is backed with a suite of software tools, including:
- Hypercosm Teleporter for efficiently exporting 3D models and animations from 3ds Max™ or Google SketchUp™ into Hypercosm web deployable applets, evaluation available at: http://www.hypercosm.com/download/teleporter/index.html
- Hypercosm Studio, a text-based authoring environment for scripting unlimited behaviors and user interactions into 3D content, evaluation available at: http://www.hypercosm.com/download/studio/index.html
- Hypercosm Player, a free viewer that integrates with standard web browsers for displaying Hypercosm applets, downloadable from: http://www.hypercosm.com/download/player/index.html
Hypercosm creates products and technologies to enable highly interactive 3D simulations for mobile training, education and design visualization. Hypercosm's patented approach to encoding object geometry and behaviors results in low file size simulations that can be delivered over the web practically and effectively, even with low bandwidth connections. Hypercosm products and services have provided web-based interactive astronaut training, assembly instructions, familiarization training, science education aids and 3D architectural designs. For more information and to view solution demonstrations, visit us on-line at http://www.hypercosm.com.