A new vision ... PM2
Multiverse or PM2 is the name of this second generation project. 30,000 ft. - The high level view.
a 6 billion strong, free for all, peer to peer, wireless network, one
visor at a time. This network has no owner, no fees, no backbone, or
infrastructure to maintain. It is wholly owned, operated and controlled
by the people. Sounds like an impossible dream? Tell that to the cell
phone industry that is now working on load sharing over your phone to
extend their bandwidth and connectivity. So no, it's not only possible
but eventual, simple physics dictate that. So lets get a jump on this
and beat them to the punch. If every VR visor was it's own WiFi
repeater, then it could form what I'd call the Exo-Net. Parallel to the
Internet and still able to make use of the cloud.
visor does it all. Video, Audio, GPS, compass, and more allows all of
the functionality of a cell phone. Cloud access allows presentation of
applications in the virtual world. You can still run an instance of
your favorite app within VR just as you would on a desktop. So no PCs
are needed. It's all in the visor. I have a design we will be working
on for a complete hands free haptics interface. I know, it's kind of an
oxymoron. Sing up, and be accepted into the hardware group and you'll
This new version is to be completely retooled.
Where we were using MEME, which was a Forth interpreter, we will now be using Chuck
Moore's latest arrayForth.
Our goal here is to port and reuse the original code base where possible. In
parallel, a new companion project is to be undertaken. This will be a low-cost,
lightweight VR visor built around Chucks latest Forth engine produced by GreenArrays.
This is Chuck's€™s latest hardware development effort. I have had the
great pleasure of working with these chips in their earliest form and I'm here
to say that there's nothing out there like it. These
are also must read sites.
visor is to be built upon the newest Flexible OLED technology for it's
resolution, color, low power, and transparency in Augmented Reality and
Altered Reality applications. The graphics will be presented in full
panoramic stereo video. We will have head tracking accelerometers and a
geo magnetic compass. The FOLED can be made transparent and overlay
Altered, or Augmented data. Full 3D sound will be presented to each
user through advanced audio processing.
Encrypted compressed data streams provide real-time audio, video, and world data.
The new haptics will be developed upon the latest bio interfaces now being investigated
at universities. New technology derived from the latest in psychoacoustics developments
will add new dimensions to the entire VR experience. Some of our technology
providers will be providing limited license to their technologies outside of
the public domain. Regrettably this must be as we would otherwise not have access
to some of these advancements. The general code base and principal technologies
are always going to be public domain, some add-ons may not. That being
said, anyone working with these in the group will likely have to sign an NDA.
I don't think this violates Source Forge's€™s rules, but I'm sure I'll be told
if I am mistaken. Ideally all privileged info will be kept on the respective
owner's€™ sites and linked to from the project as specified in the rules. Otherwise
the libraries will be available on this site. But I digress...
The Multiverse will be a
planet-based matrix that is open, and developed by the user base. Each
user may define the physics of their own domain. They may host spaces
with full security protocols. There are many more features planned and
will be laid out fully in the developer sections.
principal philosophy I am espousing here is one of simplicity and
specificity. I have found that in developing code for over 20 years,
and after having made serious use of Forth, that these are the
principals that will lead to success.
My father used to say, " K.I.S.S. -
Keep it simple stupid! "
If you've never programmed in Forth before, there are
a couple prerequisites you'll need to study: Leo
Brodie's Starting Forth, and on that page you'll find links to some other
good resources including the Thinking
Forth, also by Leo Brodie. If you search the net you will find many other
article by Jeff Fox is
required reading if you want to participate
in code development. I could go into length about what has been learned about
the efficiencies of simplicity. I will lay these ideals out fully in the developer
sections tailored to the tasks at hand. Be prepared to toss out a lot of what
you knew regarding code structure and discipline. Not all of the work, obviously,
will be Forth, but much of it will. I can, along with many other career programmers,
testify to the lessons learned from using Forth. It is almost impossible to
describe it properly, until you have seen code grow impossibly SMALLER, yes
smaller, as it grows in intricacy. Trust me, at the very least it will forever
change how you factor your code, and your thinking. Jeff is also maintaining
a blog here about
his work with
the proposed array processor, it makes for an interesting read. There
is another wonderful article titled eForth
and Zen by Dr. C.H. Ting that is very
enlightening and worth the time.