Other Virtual Hawai‘i projects/products
- Released July 2010, it is basically just a series of placemarks in a
website surrounding the Google Earth web plugin. It works well enough to
guide the user around to a number of the prominent hotels and sights,
which are accurately portrayed.
- A re-launching of their expired Flight Simulator franchise as a free
app with purchased content, MS
Flight comes with one intriguing dataset included: the Island of Hawaii (!)
- The good news: It's beautiful. Soft colors, lush farmland,
sparkling streams, waterfalls, and lots of trees.
- The bad news: There is no attempt at geographic reality. Deserts
are turned into farms, large towns appear where there are none, and
only a few highways bear any resemblence to their actual location.
Giant silos (like in Iowa) dot the Hawaiian landscape. Streams flow
uphill. There are also bugs, which cause thousands of trees to float far
above the ground.
- Basically, its made to looks pretty when seen from a large distance
from an aircraft, which understandably is the point.
Older / Historical
- the Virtually Hawai‘i
- a project of NASA and the University of Hawai‘i, to make NASA images
of Hawai‘i more accessible
- includes satellite and aerial snapshots, ground slideshows tours, and
a couple MPEGs
- the project wound down in 1998, but the site is still available as a
resource for educators
- an excellent consumer CDROM ($40) demonstrating the appeal of Hawaiian
geology, ecology, etc.
- include many photos, and several small video segments
- content is geographically referenced along trail lines, which provides
a kind of photorealistic spatial navigation
- University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH)
- in the late 90s, the Computer Science Program was working on a Virtual
Campus Tour, intended for a kiosk in the UH Hilo library, but they didn't
- Nation of Hawai`i's
specific commercial titles with some Hawaiian scenery
- Links LS 2000, a popular golf game
- includes a few Hawaiian courses such as "Kapalua - Bay Course"
- not entirely real-time 3D, but it does use billboard textures for trees,
- Encarta Virtual Globe '99
- "the most comprehensive source of global geographic and cultural
information and the best tool for effortless exploration of our world"
- "now offers a new perspective on the world with vivid, 3-D views for
most of the planet"
- image quality isn't good enough for flying anywhere near the ground,
e.g. under 20 km altitude
- data is a very rough grid, looks like between 500m - 1km
- window is small and won't resize - really bad
- not quite "virtual Hawai‘i", but a virtual world development in Hawai‘i,
- ***VR Nightclub opens in Hawai‘i (October 9, 1998)
The Virtual Experience Nightclub in Waikiki has opened. The
technology was created by Honolulu-based Six D Inc. It
allows the customer to see 3D images in "real time." Patrons can fly
around objects, such as dolphins. They can also explore virtual worlds with
no predetermined path.
Specific features of the Waikiki application include 12 wide-screen plasma
flat panel displays mounted on the walls that allow customers to traverse
through several virtual worlds running on Intergraph TDZ 2000 ViZual Workstations
and browse food and beverage menus from the convenience of their booth.
The customers use advanced joysticks, called Spaceballs, to maneuver through
the virtual worlds and menu selections.
Six D Inc. is based in Honolulu, was formed in 1996 by Fernando Diaz and
Vince Mitchell. The company custom-designs applications of virtual
experience technology for companies worldwide.
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