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Foundations for 3D Internet Revealed

June 19, 2013

OULU, Finland, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Center for Internet Excellence announces results from pioneering research on

3D Internet

The Center for Internet Excellence (CIE) announced results from the Chiru project,
which focused on laying the groundwork for 3D Internet on mobile devices. The project
found out that 3D presents significant opportunities to improve the way people interact
with information, but moving to three dimensional services requires creating common
metaphors and vocabulary. The Chiru (3D User eXperience for Mobile Network Virtual
Environments) project is a joint research initiative between University of Oulu’s Center
for Internet Excellence (CIE), Nokia and Intel. The project also broke new ground, for
example, on how data and services can be presented in a virtual space, and on creating
design guidelines for 3D user interfaces.

3D Internet is a broad research field which covers 3D user interfaces, 3D virtual
worlds, and 3D mixed reality, where networked information is mapped on real world objects.

“At CIE, our main focus is accelerating the deployment of 3D Internet services and
applications. The most important question is to understand how people interact with three
dimensional information and what do we need from technology to create a smooth and
immersive user experience”, said Mika Ylianttila, Director, CIE. “From the business
perspective, the 3D Internet space is a huge opportunity and we are seeing more and more
businesses and research being built around 3D Internet. The Oulu area has unique expertise
and provides a living lab environment to test and develop 3D Internet technologies and

The Chiru project researched several fundamental questions about how people can
interact with networked information through 3D and focused on two areas in particular: 3D
User Interfaces & Experience and Networked 3D Virtual Environments. Among key research
topics and results were:

        - How data and services can and should be presented in a virtual space
        - How real world objects can be captured into a 3D space with commodity hardware
          (game console sensor)
        - How the physical world and virtual spaces blend into a Mixed Reality
        - Portals for navigating between multiple concurrent 3D spaces
        - Several background technologies, such as energy consumption of 3D in mobile
          devices, WebGL-based Web Client for accessing a 3D virtual worlds, and means for
          simplifying data types commonly used in 3D spaces

In order for 3D Internet to gain popularity, one of the key questions is to create
common vocabulary: how people understand networked 3D spaces and what are the natural ways
of interacting with information in a three dimensional space. To lay the groundwork for 3D
Internet, the Chiru project created design guidelines for 3D user interfaces:

        - People understand what occurs in a 3D space based on the visual appearance
          of the space.
        - Users are more comfortable with icons that look like natural intractable
          objects and expect visual cues such as glow from elements they can interact with
        - In most situations, users prefer a normal view augmented with information
          rather than a 3D model. However, in cluttered situations, users prefer the 3D model as
          it omits disruptive elements such as shadows.

The Oulu region is quickly becoming the global hub for 3D Internet with several new
research projects and fast paced startup companies in the area. Many of the technologies
researched in the Chiru project build on the RealExtend Open Source 3D Internet platform
originally developed in Oulu. Building on the successful Chiru project, the CIE will
extend 3D Internet research with several new projects:

        - CIE will continue Mixed Reality research based in a Tekes funded projects.
        - Projects and training programs together with Business Oulu and Council of Oulu
          region for turning research innovations into businesses and supporting the 3D Internet
          industry in Oulu
        - Post doctoral grant to 3D Internet research from the Academy of Finland

About Chiru: http://www.chiru.fi

About CIE:

Center for Internet Excellence, CIE, is an independent research center at the
University of Oulu. CIE drives co-creation of next generation internet technologies,
appliances and services. It aims to capture and create internet-driven growth
opportunities by combining cutting-edge research innovations with agile new business
creation processes. 3D Internet is one of CIE’s main research areas. CIE was founded in
2009 by City of Oulu, Nokia, University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland,
Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Technopolis. http://www.cie.fi

SOURCE CIE, Center for Internet Excellence

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