[ODE] Botworx VR 0.01 available for download!
soar-dev at botworx.org
Mon Nov 29 07:26:11 MST 2004
Botworx is pleased to announce the first release of Botworx VR - Version
Botworx VR is a Virtual Reality framework written in C++ that ties
together the Open Dynamics Engine (ODE) physics framework with the OGRE
The reference application "Buggy Bots" demonstrates the usage of both
static and dynamic bodies, realistic missiles and explosions, plus
layout capabilities such as stacks, rows, grids and matrixes.
The main focus so far has been to efficiently and realistically animate
multiple objects rather than running over pretty terrain. So
mesh-collision support will have to wait until the next version.
Joint manipulation is simplified by the implementation of a Motor, Gear
and Rod mechanical subsystem, where the rods eventually tie into the
axis of Joints.
Optimizations such as taking motionless objects off the animation list
and waking them back up during collisions are supported, as are
proximity tests to cut down on more costly collision testing. Octree
support is planned for the future but is not an issue right now since
stepping the ODE world is currently the main bottleneck.
A major architectural decision was to implement my own version of spaces
rather than use those in ODE. This just makes it easier to write and
debug the framework as a whole, and it seems just as fast although I
haven't done any serious benchmarking yet.
The whole purpose of this project was to provide a simulation
environment for conducting experiments in Artificial Intelligence,
therefore a major part of the next development effort will be to
implement a Messaging system that will connect the most popular (and
free) AI engines with Botworx VR.
User and developer participation is required to make this project succeed!
Please join me at http://www.botworx.org
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