MakerSim

Be part of The Make at the Mini Maker Faire! Join us virtually to create your avatar, make stuff, build, share and design at the MakerSim!

MakerSim is a game-like simulator that will enable anyone to be part of The Make at the Maker Faire. The MakerSim project will provide accessibility to the faire to people who cannot physically attend.

In the simulator, your avatar, an agent of you, makes interactive digital objects and environments. You are able to create and collaborate in a 3 dimensional world. The MakerSim simulation is free and open to all.

Come and help us build the MakerSim Champlain Mini Maker Faire!  Or just log in to visit, explore or make. Instructions for accessing the simulator can be found here.

                              Building the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms in MakerSim

The Simulation “SIM”
But what is The Make? Makers interested in making in the virtual world will follow a Journey to MakerSim.  Once your avatar has explored Ontos and visited the Coach Barn, you arrive at the Dark Stage. Ontos is the region where we are making a simili of the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, including the Main Maker Stage and the “Dark Stage.” In recreating the Coach Barn our goal is not to imitate it precisely, but to suggest ways to enter into an unfamiliar creative environment.

We decided to simulate this space in more detail to provide an augmented and intermedia environment for different types of making. The simulation also gives performers a chance to inhabit the space and fine-tune their presentations. Inside this Stage you will find a teleporter that will transport you outside to continue your journey to the other region, Hephaestus.

Following a labyrinthine river, the Maker encounters 4 Maker Stations as they progress to the Maker Sky Box, where new powers and insights await them: Avatar, Creating, Designing and Connecting. Each step of the way, Makers add an image for the digital quilt, showcasing their making journey and streamed into the Coach Barn in the Dark Stage.

Ontos and Hephaestus on the 3rd Rock Grid

Maker Station 3: Design

Specs
The goal of this project is to provide a virtual reality component using a simulator hosted on the 3rd Rock Grid. Instructions for accessing the simulator can be found there. I have found the Singularity Viewer to be a good choice for viewing and building.

The simulator we are using is running the Opensim platform.  You will need a good broadband connection and a recommended CPU with SSE2 support, including Intel Pentium 4, Pentium M, Core or Atom, AMD Athlon 64 or later and a good graphics card, minimally:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better
  • OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250 or better
  • OR Intel 945 chipset

MakerSim features two, 256 x 256 square meter simulators. They are named ‘Ontos,’ with 15,000 prims and Hephaestus, with 10,000 prims. A prim is a dynamic object and represents the processing limits of the simulator.

Questions? Need help? You can contact the Project Manager: makersim@gmail.com

The ‘Park’ Entrance

  Sunset on MakerSim

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