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Jason BairdBy Jason Baird
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Jason BairdBy Jason Baird
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$63
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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 11 2014 8:43 PM UTC +00:00

About

For interactive versions of where we are go here. Has Unity desktop and Oculus Rift versions for you to try out. Remember this are not a final product, that is exactly why I am asking for money.

http://virtualdallastexas.blogspot.com/

Objective: Start perfecting Virtual Dallas, Texas in 3d in Unity to be seen on desktop computers on the web AND in Oculus Rift. Dallas in 3d.. so sort of like a video game but more about the place and the people. For this project which is just one step in the long journey, I want to build out various well-known and not so well known areas and allow people to explore these parts of Dallas as if in a video game... walking around and looking and interacting with the 3d areas. There will be a web version as well as an Oculus Rift version, which is immersive virtual reality for those of you who haven't put one on and said, "wow!".

I would use the money to upgrade the looks of the buildings to add in some interactivity to engage the user. Fun stuff can be put in various areas to make it worth wandering around. I'd also like to do some promotion to go back and forth between the real world and virtual world.. maybe something found in virtual dallas can also be found by going to dallas in reality. Any, trying to make it look better, adding more locations and making it a place that people want to go.

I have the Oculus Rift DK2, Unity Pro so the money will mostly be used just to spend the time and money to actually build it out graphically and in code.. and more trips downtown to explore.:-) 

My video so far doesn't impart my vision very well, but I did want to show that a substantial amount of work has already been done. I am working at such breakneck speed it is hard to update where we are on a continual basis.

Proposed areas to be built out and included(not the whole area but portions)

  • Prominent downtown buildings, from the area from reunion hotel and tower to Dallas morning news and the west end and up to bank of america.
  • Dealey Plaza since it is a tourist destination and full of history
  • apparently random locations based on friends, clients or past ideas.

A lot of work has already been done, but I have pushed my time and money to the limit and either have to stop or get funding so not to move at a snail's pace. I won't stop anyway, but I'd like to move faster.

I want to make it as interactive and social as possible, but I need to be careful in that area that I don't over promise. It appears to me that the first version will not have multiplayer capability, but that would be part of the long term plan but not part of this kickstarter project.(if you are a multiplayer guru I'd love to chat with you)

I imagine a future where I can get together with an old friend who may be in a different country and give him a tour of Dealey Plaza and Dallas and we feel like we are together in person.  

This will of course be only the first step in a long journey. I know someday, everything will be digitized and interactive so this is really a baby step.  I live in Dallas so this is a natural first place to start the project though I have designs on Earth.

Dealey Plaza is close to being finished and the red courthouse is going to be awesome.

Current versions:

http://virtualdallastexas.blogspot.com

Risks and challenges

Building out 3d buildings isn't such of an issue, but I would like to make it as interactive as possible and I am not sure of the limitations there yet.

How engaging can we make it? I think someone who wants to explore Dallas will find it useful, but i think the real challenge is to make it interesting enough so that you want keep visiting it. Can we get other people interested enough to want to be in virtual dallas?

How can we make it go viral and get people to promote it and talk about it so that it becomes a virtual destination and we have people requesting for places or experiences to be added? These things seem simple but things go viral don't seem to follow a simple formula.

I do think the oculus rift version will make it much more interesting, since you can get more of a sense of scale with the buildings. These are large buildings but it isn't so impressive on a monitor. In the rift I think you will sense the largeness of the space and buildings.

There will be some browsers and some people who simply won't be able to get to virtual dallas because of their computer software/hardware or other technical limitations both theirs and the computers. The plan is to have it run on most computers connected to the internet today though.

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    - backer only keys to special areas in virtual dallas. I have no idea what will be there, but only backers can go there.
    see virtual dallas on big screen or computer(if remote) at the project start party and the go live party.
    The project start part allows you to give ideas so virtual dallas can be shaped by your ideas. The go live party lets
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    -own a billboard. You will own a billboard in virtual dallas for one year. you can change out the message each quarter.
    The only things not allowed are things that would hurt the popularity of virtual
    dallas..which I will decide... porn being an example. They don't allow porn on billboards in Dallas, right?
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    - Product placement. Your product placed in virtual dallas. Your product or object or person will be placed in virtual dallas.
    Maybe you want your 2015 model car placed in virtual dallas to let me drive around in. Maybe You sell business cards and you want
    a big business card somewhere in the world. This is what this level is about. This covers up to 10 hours to build(or optimize) the product, object or whatever it is and put it
    into virtual Dallas but not more.
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    - lease a building. If you are the owner or major tenant of a building or tenant
    of a office space then by backing me at this level you will have the lease of one building or space in virtual dallas free and clear for
    one year. I will spend 20 hours either building or customizing your building/office or area to make it more "yours."
    This backing level includes all benefits of any lower backing levels. If you are nice I might renew the lease for free, but
    I am not promising that. Just being clear.
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