May 25, 2010

Once again University of Alberta Professor Eleni Stroulia, whose students created the Bicycle Game for children with cerebral palsy, reports on an interesting student project:

Several types of 3D software visualizations have been developed to communicate information about the products and the development process of software projects. These visualizations have been limited in the degree of interactivity they enabled (primarily panning and zooming) and in their accessibility (since in most cases they assumed a particular client platform). We recently developed in Open Wonderland WikiDev3D, a 3D visualization of the data collected and extracted in our collaborative software-development platform WikiDev2.0 (see description at


The visualization adopts a city metaphor, similar to earlier work, but advances the state of the art by providing a web-accessible distributed 3D environment where multiple users can explore the same project. A video demo of the tool can be found at

This is collaborative work by graduate students Marios Fokaefs and Diego Serrano, who are members of the “Service Systems Management” research group at the University of Alberta. For any questions, please contact the team leader, Prof. Eleni Stroulia (


“Games for Health” Virtual World Session

May 10, 2010

It seems like there is an increasing interest in using virtual worlds for health care applications. You may recall the recent COMSLIVE Wonderblog post describing the health care communication project at Birmingham City University.

Birmingham City University's new Open Wonderland hand washing module that assesses who has washed their hands and how often

To learn about other projects related to virtual worlds and health care, you may be interested in attending the “Virtual Worlds and Social Games for Health” day, which is part of the “Games for Health” conference. I have been invited to speak on using Open Wonderland as a platform for creating health-related virtual worlds. Here’s the agenda for the day:

Virtual Worlds and Social Games for Health (pdf)
May 25, 2010
Boston, MA

If you’re planning on attending, please let me know.

Open Wonderland v0.5 Preview 4 Released

May 1, 2010

We are pleased to announce that the Open Wonderland 0.5 Preview 4 release is now available.

The major change in this version is the new branding as “Open Wonderland” every where in the UI:

Open Wonderland Branding

Open Wonderland Branding

In addition, there have been a number of important bug fixes and minor features, including:

Also check out some of the interesting new modules in the module warehouse:

Comments? Questions? Bugs? Discuss on the forum and report bugs (and suggest patches!) on the issue tracker.

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