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Human Mode's latest project simplifies VR world-building

A screenshot shows the user interface for Massive Loop, a virtual reality world-building program developed by Oklahoma City-based tech company Human Mode. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
A screenshot shows the user interface for Massive Loop, a virtual reality world-building program developed by Oklahoma City-based tech company Human Mode. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Human Mode has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Massive Loop, a project that lets people build their own virtual reality universe.

Using Massive Loop requires no programming experience, said Human Mode founder and CEO William Kerber.

"The goal is for users to quickly build interactive environments without having to learn a high-level programming language," Kerber said.

Instead, users combine visual node scripting, an existing and customizable 3-D asset library and an online "multiplayer" mode that allows for collaboration and demonstrations. A promotional video shows a user manipulating objects like a ceiling fan in a virtual room, while assigning characteristics for its location and animated properties.

A big selling point is the interface. Massive Loop allows you to build a virtual world while already plugged in with a VR headset and hand controls.

"This isn’t meant for only software developers and 3-D artists to understand. We’ve done our best to keep the interface clean and simple so that nonprogrammers can skip the learning curve and get right to the good stuff," Kerber said.

Human Mode is a diversified tech company based in Oklahoma City working on VR, robotics and artificial intelligence. Its first major project, released in November, was a proof-of-concept VR game called Stratoscape.

The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $5,000 by March 6 to help with cloud hosting costs, expand the core asset library, build the online store interface and to make Massive Loop compatible with the Oculus Quest, HTC Vive and Vive Cosmose interfaces.

"We’ve decided to launch this project through Kickstarter to connect with users who would like to download the demo, give us feedback, and be the first ones to play game updates leading up to the official release," said Kerber.

More information can be found at www.humanmode.com/massiveloop.

Dale Denwalt

Dale Denwalt has closely followed state policy and politics since his first internship as an Oklahoma Capitol reporter in 2006. He graduated from Northeastern State University in his hometown of Tahlequah. Denwalt worked as a news reporter in... Read more ›

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