Too busy to attend computer shows? No problem. You can now log on to a virtual IT exhibition on the Internet from the comfort of your own desk.
The exhibition, called Virtex'96, has been constructed using the Superscape virtual reality authoring tool, VRT.
Visitors log on to the site using Netscape's Navigator browser. Superscape has developed a Netscape plug-in called Viscape, which allows Web surfers to view the exhibition in 3D from within Navigator itself.
The exhibition comprises five virtual theme halls and an on-line conference centre. The halls include the Novell sponsored Networking and Intranet Hall; a Security hall sponsored by Kasten Chase; the Superscape Internet Services and Desktop 2000, plus a centre for document management and groupware.
There are also conference streams available, offering live audio of the presentations broadcast over the Internet.
Exhibitors include ICL, Computer Associates, Siemens Nixdorf, Rank Xerox, Sareen Associates, Platinum Technology and Sterling Software.
The show can be accessed from a standard modem and dial-up Internet connection.
It is also available on an interactive CD-ROM. The site can be found at http://www.virtex.co.uk.
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