The Object Network

One seamless, endless space to weave our worlds from links to all our digital stuff.

Re-imagining the open internet as a single virtual world platform.

Wouldn't it be great if you could..

.. go in a 3D view directly into your friend's phone from your own phone and view some good photos they permitted you to see.

.. pick up links to a couple of those photos, go over to a castle you're building on your PC and pin them on the wall there.

.. get the security, robustness and speed of that photo being transferred between their phone and your phone and PC directly over the WiFi or Internet.

.. link the castle on the PC to and from your 3D home space on your own mobile, enabling you to walk seamlessly between them.

.. then go on to link homes or castles with your friends or relatives in other countries.

.. build and publish that castle from your own PC, for others to either experience passively or to enter and actively interact with.

.. then charge for entry - perhaps view-only, where their avatars aren't visible to others.

.. or charge for participation, where their avatar gets linked from your castle and become part of the scene.

.. if your castle gets popular, charge people to have their worlds linked off it, allowing visitors to seamlessly walk there.

.. look around you in 3D Augmented Reality mode, and see your friends' phone and photos, your PC and its castle, your WiFi-connected lamp.

.. link your home Augmented Reality view to the street's URL, supplied by the council.

.. then look outside and see the streetlights and a recycling calendar for the street.

.. go up to your connected lamp and see and interact with its 3D Augmented Reality virtual object.

.. pick up the lamp's URL and paste that onto your home wall for easy access and interaction.

.. paste that lamp into the middle of a 3D game you're playing, assuming the game creator lets you.

.. link directly to a lamp in your brother's house in another country, if he lets you.

.. go up to a temperature sensor in Augmented Reality, grab its link and paste it where you'll see it easily.

.. go up to your WiFi lamp, paste the link to the sensor in to its "Affected By" slot, fine tune some parameters and watch as the light changes colour with the outside temperature.

.. look around you where-ever you are for things with links to either follow or borrow, from beacons, markers, QR codes or GPS points.

.. join in on virtual street games or view virtual street art from those links, or create a list of two such links and do both at the same time.

.. scatter some Android tablets around the house and use their sensors simply by grabbing links to them in an "engine room" representing the tablet's capabilities.

.. host 3D virtual versions of each room on those tablets and link them all up to each other in the correct relative positions.

.. navigate around the house with your phone picking up beacons from those tablets that update which virtual room you're in according to which real one.

.. put your WiFi lamp into its correct virtual room, by just pasting its link to the correct place on the virtual floor.

.. enjoy the fact that home stuff keeps working directly over WiFi, even when your ISP breaks your internet connection.

.. keep on working with your local copy of anything even when a connection to it is broken, as long as a static or slightly out-of-date version is good enough.

.. then when the network comes back, see everything automatically get back in sync again.

.. paste a link to an upcoming calendar event - perhaps a local group meet-up - on your "home" wall.

.. see that event continue to update as the original does as RSVPs come in or changes are made.

.. collect a social network as a list of links to your friends and family; view that list in 3D as a scroll of avatars.

.. exchange messages with them as a scroll of links to message objects.

.. paste links to anything in social network messages, links to photos, to contact cards, events and places, 3D objects, other lists, entire maps or calendars, castles.

.. see whatever you embedded in the message as a miniature representation, that can be expanded or explored by your friends.

.. watch such embedded items in messages continue to update.

.. collect a list of links to anything - photos, events - then cast them onto a map to see them spatially, or onto a calendar to see them temporally.

.. plot the list of attendees of a event on a map and watch them converge on the event, since people also have links.

.. share that map on the social network with a few of the attendees you know, so they can watch those people converge right there in the same view.

.. link to an external weather object that renders as the sky over your virtual home.

.. create a 3D gallery room alongside your family from links to photos on all your phones.

.. merge two lists of news items from different sources into a single stream, and share that.

.. link your virtual home to the virtual shop, so you can virtually wander over and check the prices easily.

.. grab the link to the shop's contact card while there, and add it to your contacts list, knowing that it'll always be up-to-date.

.. grab a link to a price tag in the virtual or Augmented Reality view of the shop, and pin it up in a room in your phone, so you know when the price drops.

.. build a list of links to interesting and related things to form a "dashboard" around a theme, like "Birthday Party" or "My Automated Home".

.. see the items in that list as live objects, updating and interacting, perhaps in a reduced-size format until expanded or directly visited.

.. move and focus seamlessly from a social network to a calendar to a map to a 3D Augmented Reality game world to the control panel for your automated home.

Read More

Find out What it is, What's different about it and Why that's better.

Elevator pitches, promo marketing material!

A vision and mission.

Something on the philosophy.

How we'll all become programmers.

Here's more description around what it is and does.

This site is aimed at non-techies, but here's a little more technical detail about how it works.

Stories

To help visualise how the Object Network can fit into our digital lives, I've written some stories.

Regular Mobile: A day in the life of an Object Network user.

Augmented Reality, Internet of Things: Exploring "NetMash".

Virtual Worlds: Review of "Linkcraft".

Slide Decks

Virtual Worlds: "The Meta-Web" and "Linkcraft".

Duncan Cragg, 2015

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