The Distributed Interactive Virtual Environment (DIVE) is an internet-based multi-user VR system where participants navigate in 3D space and see, meet and interact with other users and applications. The DIVE software is a research prototype covered by licenses. Binaries for non-commercial use, however, are freely available for a number of platforms. The first DIVE version appeared in 1991.
DIVE supports the development of virtual environments, user interfaces and applications based on shared 3D synthetic environments. DIVE is especially tuned to multi-user applications, where several networked participants interact over a network.
Dynamic behaviour of objects are described by interpretative Tcl scripts evaluated on any node where the object is replicated. Script are triggered by events in the system, such as user interaction signals, timers, collisions, etc. DIVE reads and exports VRML and several other 3D formats. It is integrated with the World-Wide-Web and is HTTP/FTP/HTML/MIME compliant.
DIVE applications and activities include virtual battlefields, spatial models of interaction, virtual agents, real-world robot control and multi-modal interaction.
Through its various versions, DIVE is currently available on the following platforms: SGI Irix 5.3 and above, HP HPUX 9.0X and 10.X, SUN Solaris 2.4 and above and SunOS 4, Linux 2.X, Windows NT.
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