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Extending Web Browsers with a Unity 3D-Based Virtual Worlds Viewer
September/October 2011 (vol. 15 no. 5)
pp. 15-21

Many virtual worlds are accessed via a rich client interface that must be downloaded and installed into the user's environment. For many users, especially enterprise users, this large download and install represents a significant obstacle to virtual world acceptance. The authors describe a technical implementation that uses the Unity 3D browser plug-in as a way to access a virtual world from within a Web browser. Using this familiar tool, users can interact with the rich virtual environments provided by Second Life and OpenSimulator.

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Index Terms:
System architectures, integration and modeling, computer systems organization, artificial, augmented, and virtual realities, computer-supported cooperative work, visualization, simulation, modeling, virtual reality, Internet computing
Citation:
Neil Katz, Thomas Cook, Robert Smart, "Extending Web Browsers with a Unity 3D-Based Virtual Worlds Viewer," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 15-21, Sept.-Oct. 2011, doi:10.1109/MIC.2011.74
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