Introducing Brett Jackson and Idea Engine
Veteran VR developer Brett Jackson, director of X82 Ltd, is breaking new ground with Idea Engine. This cutting-edge platform empowers users to craft and share virtual and mixed reality experiences with ease. With a track record of successful VR projects, Jackson is no stranger to the industry's evolving demands.
Challenging the Status Quo
While 2D interactive panels are the norm in XR, Jackson is pushing the boundaries to enhance user interaction. His hands-on approach to UI design in VR environments prioritizes user comfort and real-world usability, moving beyond traditional laser pointers and pinch detection.
Embracing Hands-First Design with StereoKit
Using the open-source OpenXR library StereoKit, Idea Engine embraces a hands-first philosophy. This approach enables the creation of dynamic windows and traditional UI controls, simplifying the process of building immersive XR projects.
Revolutionizing XR User Interfaces
Jackson's designs consider the unique spatial challenges of XR. Panels that auto-rotate to face users and scrollable areas with expanded views are just a few innovations that make navigating virtual spaces more intuitive. Tips and 3D Gantt charts are also used to enhance user understanding without overwhelming them.
Radial Menus and Volumetric Controls
The radial hand menu, a convenient one-handed control system, is among Jackson's contributions to UI design. His volumetric menu goes even further, utilizing the third dimension for teleportation and editing, offering a fresh take on user interaction in VR.
Colorful Experiments and 3D Joysticks
From a 3D color picker that allows simultaneous adjustment of hue, saturation, and value to a hand-tracked 3D joystick for movement, Jackson's experimental controls demonstrate the potential for more natural and efficient user inputs in virtual environments.
Seamless Text and Narration Integration
Recognizing the limitations of text in VR, Jackson has developed solutions that include fading text, narration options, and various text input methods. Users can even import text from a browser, showcasing the flexibility of Idea Engine to work alongside traditional devices.
Building in the X82 Metaverse
Idea Engine isn't just a tool; it's a gateway to the X82 metaverse. Here, users can combine creative commons assets with their own content to construct everything from educational materials to interactive games, complete with scripting and event management.
Join the Public Alpha
The public alpha of Idea Engine is now available for free on App Lab. Users are invited to explore the innovative features, contribute to the development with their feedback, and experience the future of XR firsthand.
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