Cyramix offers Wonderland hosting

Press release: Cyramix the new hosting service for your virtual world

Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) with the help of WonderBuilders, Inc. has been using Open Wonderland, a Java-based open source virtual world platform initially developed by Sun. For the past two years, the college has run an English as a Second Language (ESL) learning environment, taking advantage of some shared applications to help teachers to have fully interactive classes.

Students can post pictures and videos by dragging and dropping. Every 3D object in the world can have capabilities which convert it in a music player, a clickable link, a container, a private space, or a microphone. Things would be extremely difficult or impossible in other platforms.

Open Wonderland allows for in-world sharing of desktop applications. (Image courtesy Cyramix.)

Open Wonderland allows for in-world sharing of desktop applications. (Image courtesy Cyramix.)

However, there have been few other vendors supporting the Open Wonderland platform.

Now, customers have a new choice, with the announcement that Panama-based Cyramix is is offering easy and painless cloud-based virtual world hosting for Open Wonderland users.

Open Wonderland ideal for interactions

Open Wonderland can be used to easily enable collaborative interaction, due to the fact that each participant can easily drag and drop pictures, videos, documents and models, modify and take control of them. Each one can use shared applications installed in the server including but not limited to Firefox, OpenOffice, Development tools, etc. Open Wonderland also includes built in applications such as whiteboards, sticky notes and text editors.

Shared applications is key for a personalized experience, allowing users to communicate each other more effectively. Also they allow to work together in a project including developing software, documents review and correction. Shared applications are very useful for practice and testing the learned lessons.

According to Open Wonderland users, this results in higher engagement by students.

Extensible platform

Open Wonderland is a very extensible platform which is capable of running mini Java Swing applications inside the world, just by wrapping them as a module. Also, modules can be written in java to enable very specific interactions like surveys or complex interactions with 3D objects.

Remote desktop

Open Wonderland allow users to interact with a remote computer or share its own screen. Also it is possible to show public web cams.

Evolving

In the last year Open Wonderland has had many improvements due to collaborative development using the platform itself and from contributions. The new characteristics include:

  • Sub snapshots, allows exporting part of the world and importing again.
  • EZ Click, allows to take control of an application just clicking on it.
  • EZ Move, redesign the world just using Alt Key and the mouse.
  • Drag and drop office documents which will be on the fly converted to pdf, and displayed.

Cyramix offers convenience

Cyramix offers ready made virtual worlds and a launcher so the end user experience is seamless and painless. To share your world just send a simple code via email, or social media.

Cyramix client launcher

“With Cyramix you can get the whole potential of Open Wonderland platform without worrying about the technical duties needed to successfully build and publish a virtual world on the Internet,” said Cyramix founder Carlos Ramírez. “With world codes, virtual worlds can be published in web sites, blogs and forums.”

Cyramix offers hosting plans with a choice of monthly, daily and yearly terms. They include:

  • An island with enough space to build a complex, or a town.
  • Customizable avatars
  • Ready made islands with galleries, auditoriums, towns and meeting complexes.
  • Positional voice chat including private chatting and private areas.
  • Upload pictures, documents, and 3D models.
  • Install mini Java applications as modules like simple surveys.
  • Show in world videos.
  • Shared applications like Firefox, LibreOffice and developer tools.

If you want to give it a try go to cyramix.com/demo and click “Enter Demo World”

For more information, contact Cyramix at: [email protected].

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • not bad at all. I just tried it myself and like it. I see great potential with cyramix. However I guess they haven’t add any certificates yet because google chrome wanted to delete the download then java itself screamed at me about invalid certificates with a option to risk it which i did. But overall great work for it being a java project.

    • Carlos Rafael Ramirez

      Hello Christopher,

      We have corrected many issues related to installation, Java version and security certificates. If you can give it another try. Just download again the new client version 1.2.

      Thanks

  • hack13

    This seems a lot like the MeshMoon project which is headed by the old realXtend people.