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Senior Project - ALICE


3D Media Player

Senior Project: 2004-2005
Justin Legary, Daniel Lueth, Benjamin Marsh, Neal Meier and Cooper Porter
Advanced Development Group
Santa Clara, CA

Sun Microsystems, based in Santa Clara, CA, provides many different products and services. They are perhaps best known for creating the Java programming language, which is widely used for its object-oriented approach to application development.

Sun has developed a 3D desktop environment called Project Looking Glass 3D (LG3D). This 3D desktop is built on top of Java3D, providing window management, application launching and other features needed for a usable desktop. Since LG3D is still in its early stages, there are no full-featured applications available for the LG3D environment. Sun needed a visually appealing application to highlight the possibilities and features available in LG3D. The goal of this project was to create such an application.

ALICE is 3D media player, the first media application to utilize the 3D environment provided by Project Looking Glass. ALICE allows users to view and manage their music collection using an interface that is not limited by traditional 2D constraints. In addition to providing media player functionality, the project contributed high quality 2D text, scrolling windows, "corkscrew" layouts, and wrappers for an open source sound player to LG3D. The final product is a visually appealing demonstration application that Sun can use to help publicize the capabilities of Project Looking Glass.

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