According to the Deloitte Study (2008), the emerging IDM sector including virtual worlds, virtual reality and telepresence are expected to grow from a negligible 4% share of IDM to 19% share by 2015. This sub-sector is also expected to be the growth driver for IDM with an expected CAGR of 41%.
Singapore is today home to a number of local and international names in this space, and is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in the development of Future World technologies and applications.
The Future Worlds initiative welcomes partners with capabilities in real-time, immersive digital social media, and aims to serve this next generation media where the confluence of 'sensed' phenomena (capture by devices, sensors etc.), as well as in interactive phenomena (afforded by digital media) create experiences and capabilities that will not only transform inter and intra-personal communication, but also be available across fixed and mobile platforms to reach users in ways which are more pervasive, ubiquitous and immersive.
We are on the look-out for partners to join the following who have agreed to join the Future Worlds Partner Network.
- Sun Microsystems
- Project Wonderland: A 100% Java and open source toolkit for creating collaborative 3D virtual worlds. Within those worlds, users can communicate with high-fidelity, immersive audio, share live desktop applications and documents and conduct real business. Wonderland is completely extensible; developers and graphic artists can extend its functionality to create entire new worlds and new features in existing worlds.
- Sun SPOTs (Sun Small Programmable Object Technology) are small, wireless, battery-powered devices developed at Sun Labs to explore the next frontier of network computing. These devices can be used in a wide range of applications including robotics, environmental monitoring, asset tracking, proactive health care and many others. Sun SPOTs are powered by a specially designed small-footprint Java virtual machine, called Squawk, that can host multiple applications concurrently, and requires no underlying operating system. Today, Sun SPOT is inspiring a whole generation of Java developers to create a new breed of devices, and technologies – to accelerate the growth of the “Internet of Things”.
- KPB Technologies: KPB is a leading provider of intelligent and collaborative visualization technology. KPB is the pioneer in providing 'street-level' Real & Realistic™ 3-Dimensional visualizations and applications. KPB builds the 3-D Information Infrastructure. The award-wining flagship product suite, KPB-WoW™ 3.8, is a real-time 3-Dimensional platform that transforms 2-D maps and drawings, 2-D building exteriors, interiors, vicinities and 2-D information into Real & Realistic™ 3-Dimensional environments in which different applications are customized and developed; it is the result of more than 3 years of research and development by industry veterans across Europe and Asia. KPB is uniquely positioned to provide end-to-end global solutions with the perfect blend of technical research development and 3-D contents production capabilities and the company is also embarking on a focus effort to provide cross-world integration amongst virtual world players.
- QALA Singapore Pte Ltd: QALA has developed a 2-way interactive platform to capture, deliver and interact with real-time video streams of key points of interest (shopping malls, taxi stands, outdoor stretches, etc) over WIFI (Wireless@SG) or WiMax. QALA is one of three Wireless@SG Operators and to date support more than 2500 WIFI Hotspots as well as 17 outdoor catchment areas across the western parts of Singapore. QALA currently has 450,000 Wireless@SG subscribers.
- ST Electronics: ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems) Pte Ltd (STEE-T&S) was incorporated in 1996 as a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Electronics. Its 230-strong workforce offers expertise in providing one-stop solutions, from software applications and development of new innovative training systems to providing maintenance and upgrade of legacy training systems. With over two decades of experience, STEE-T&S has established itself as a recognized leader with expertise in both the defence and commercial sectors. The company is focusing on growing its market in the region and is keen on partnerships with 3D model stakeholders to create nation-wide resources for 3D models in Singapore.
- G Element: G Element is developing the Germanium API which will enable developers to build 3D visualizations of building interiors into their applications and ‘mash/’ them with other technologies. The project/’s key innovation in the Germanium API is the provision of a sensor-visual interface for every building. With such an interface, companies will be able to integrate all types of input / sensor based applications into a 3D visual system for better, more productive methods of interaction. G Element is calling for participation from technology and sensor partners to integrate with the Germanium 3D in-building API. The company also intends to call for proposals for applications to be developed using the Germanium 3D in-building API