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Live Multimedia Collaborative Environment Launched through NASA

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Live Multimedia Collaborative Environment Launched through NASA

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In the keynote address at The Kennedy Space Center's Java Day, HuskyLabs President David Levine launched MoonBean, a client/server communications protocol for creating live, interactive worlds in which users from across the Internet can share documents, access databases, and play games in a fully realized 3-D multimedia environment.

With MoonBean, HuskyLabs introduced to the World Wide Web a key technology to enable corporate, educational, scientific, and entertainment institutions to create living sites where colleagues, members, customers, and guests can gather to receive live data (such as stock prices, sports scores, or laboratory experiments); share that information in real time; discuss their opinions or observations; and customize the look, feel, sound, and capabilities of their environment with their "avatar," or visual representative. Using the Java programming language to develop an easy-to-use, graphically pleasing and intuitive user interface, MoonBean will be fully functional in any Java-enabled Web browser, such as Netscape 2.0, without requiring third-party plug-ins or helper applications. MoonBean also supports VRML 2.0, Real Audio, and any other formats currently integrated into the Web. …

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