Of course, in addition to linking everyone's VRML worlds together into
one large apparent world, we think it would be interesting to duplicate
functions found in the real world. But much remains to be done to
accomplish the ideal of a metaverse. Some areas which we would like
to address are:
A ``store'', such as a furniture store, a hardware store,
a car dealer, etc., containing models people can use
to create or re-model their own space. This is a familiar
and intuitive way to
organize 3D information and models. If you need
to find models of food, navigate to the local supermarket!
Enforcement of collision detection, creation of ``private'' areas
which are password protected?
Sound, video and other types of data in the virtual world.
IVL can also be used for all types of web data, each data type
is just a separate object class. Much work needed here.
Avatars. We would like to define standards for avatars, i.e.
how to deal with articulated models in a real-time way. This
is do-able with IVL, but requires a new protocol for good results.
Post-it notes (HTML link with appearance of note) to allow leaving
messages for and communicating with others.
Many more---use your imagination.
Timothy F. Rohaly
Terence J. Parr
Mon Sep 11 11:59:26 EDT 1995