Sunday, January 27, 2008

ForgeFX: Serious Games In Real-Time 3D Environments

Serious Games removing constraints to learning


Virtual Catapult Designer simulates the Design and Test process using the development and testing of a paintball catapult in a real-time 3D simulation

Via: ForgeFX - Interactive 3D Simulations

ForgeFX is an interactive 3D simulation and visualization company based in San Francisco.

They provide software development services for clients looking to create both online and offline interactive content. Their clients compete in the education, training, and entertainment industries.

ForgeFX creates realistic interactive simulations that give their target audience the ability to learn effectively while reducing physical and financial risks.

ForgeFX Value Proposition

It's no secret that we learn best by doing, and therefore life—or life-like—experiences are the best way to learn. In the real world, acquiring this experience can be expensive, impractical, and depending on the tasks, even hazardous. Done right, simulations remove these constraints.

In addition to the strength of experiential learning, there are benefits from a business perspective that interactive 3D simulations bring to the table.

At the top of the list is differentiation. The Internet has given people more choice than ever, making it critical that you stand out in some way from your competitors. The question is not whether, but who will be the first in your field to extend their offering with an interactive simulation or game-like experience.

With near-cinematic quality 3D entertainment experiences becoming commonplace, interactive 3D simulations, in addition to their instructional effectiveness, deliver a powerful and attention-grabbing "wow" factor that should not be underestimated.

Showcased Projects

ForgeFX presents a collection of some of the projects completed over the years at http://www.forgefx.com/demos.htm

Interactive 3D technology applies to a broad range of applications and the examples selected represent a good cross-section of the industries ForgeFX serves.

Here is a sample...

Educational Simulations

Educational simulations allow students to become immersed in learning, transforming them from passive observers to active participants.

Water Motion Simulation

This is a real-time 3D wave simulator that demonstrates the connection between wind strength, wave length, wave height, wave speed, and wave frequency. Students are able to clearly understand ocean particle motion depth.


Topographic Map Simulator

This real-time 3D simulation illustrates how topographic maps are created and used to depict changes in elevation. Students are able to sculpt mountains and valleys in real-time 3D, seeing the changes to the corresponding topographic map.


4-Stroke Engine Simulator

Most automobiles use four-stroke heat engines. These four-strokes occur repeatedly in each cylinder in the engine. This is a real-time 3D simulation which allows the student to explore how a four stroke engine works and to gain an understanding of the different strokes involved.


3D Seismic Waves Simulator

Seismic waves are vibrations that travel through Earth carrying the energy released during an earthquake. This real-time 3D application allows users to create seismic waves of any magnitude and pass them through terrains.


3D Plant and Animal Cells

Cells are the basic unit of structure and function in living things. This real-time 3D model allows the user to inspect the structures of both plant and animal cells. The student is able to explore the entire cell from any angle as well as drill down to individual organelles of the cell for more information and a better view.


Training Simulations

Training Simulations provide the next best thing to a real-life experience. Using interactive 3D technology gives us the ability to create a simulation which replicates much of the realism of the real world environment, while eliminating many of the associated risks and costs.

Car Maintenance Basics

This interactive real-time 3D learning tutorial demonstrates automobile maintenance basics to students. This interactive 3D training simulation is one of many Shockwave 3D projects developed by ForgeFX for Adobe to demonstrate the real-time 3D capabilities of their Director product.