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Multimedia Object-Oriented Shell for Interactive Games using Hypermedia Technology

Objective

The project will deliver a new generation range of high-quality, state of the art 3D game systems (high-end arcade systems, PC add-ons) with the following characteristics:

- integrated multiple media output: audio, video, colour 3D graphics
- support for multiplayer/multimachine games
- connection to multimedia servers.

Four key elements are to be designed for this:

- Specialised hardware will be developed with advanced rendering capabilities and integrated sound support. It will provide the 3D graphics, interactive, real-time support for the game.
- A light-weight kernel, which will run on top of the specialised hardware to be built. Real-time characteristics and an object-oriented approach are the underlying basis of the kernel, and it will be formally specified using CCITT's SDL92.
- A complete object-oriented shell to provide support for the development and execution of interactive games. The shell will allow for coherence between development and delivery platforms, as well as across the product range. It will also allow to extend the results to other application areas, providing support for virtual reality training, modelling and games.
- The game development environment, which will run on top of the shell. It will make strong use of hypermedia and object-oriented technologies, in order to allow for the easy, quick and modular development of games.

The systems will be built upon a set of advanced technologies developed under previous ESPRIT projects, integrating them into a synergetic, market driven range of products:

- the image rendering chip developed under the SPIRIT project will be used to provide support for 3D graphics
- the video server developed in LYNX, for real-time video display purposes
- the distribution environment from COMANDOS, to provide support for multimachine games.

Coordinator

Algoritmos Procesos y Disenos
Address
Antonio Lopez 234
28026 Madrid
Spain

Participants (6)

Caption
France
Address
23 Rue Du Bignon Zone Industrielle Sud Est
35135 Chantepie
DELTATEC
Belgium
Address
Rue Gilles Magnee 92/6
4430 Ans
NORSK REGNESENTRAL
Norway
Address
Gaustadaleen, 23, 114
0314 Oslo
NOVA APPARATE
Germany
Address
Landemanbogen 134
Hamburg
Opsis SA
France
Address
1 Rue Parc Foulon
91140 Villebon
University of Dublin, Trinity College
Ireland
Address
College Green
Dublin 2