A novel communication medium that serves as a platform for developing smart campus.
We have developed a virtual campus system and have constructed the virtual campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) based on the real scenery. Exploring the virtual 3D world as avatars, users can not only learn about the architectural, cultural and natural environment of CUHK, but also interact with other users. Dynamic environmental factors are merged into the 3D campus model, allowing users to experience the seemingly real CUHK campus from all locations. This novel communication medium serves as a platform for developing smart campus by providing a comprehensive social experience at scales from personal activities to socio-spatial practices for teachers, students, alumni as well as the public.
Uniqueness and Competitive Advantages:
Our method can benefit anything that involves spherical mapping. The system is developed with three levels:
- Opensim-based collaborative geographical scene construction
- Merging dynamic environmental factors that are relevant to our everyday life e.g. day/night time, seasons
- Providing an immersive fusional experience for users’interaction, communication and social activities