AltspaceVR opens its doors to creators with new SDK featuring live coding

by Will Mason • September 17th, 2015

AltspaceVR is opening it’s doors to creators today with the release of their SDK.

The SDK brings with it the ability for developers to port in existing 3D web pages into the platform, as well as allowing them to create brand new experiences using JavaScript and three.js.  Developers will have the ability to utilize AltspaceVR’s APIs granting access to the platform’s key components like synchronized multiplayer capabilities, networking, and social interactions.

“Using only standard web technology and our SDK,” says Gavan Wilhite, Founder and Director of Engineering at AltspaceVR, “ developers can now quickly and easily import their creation into VR. Whether you have a game, hobby project, architectural model, museum exhibit, art gallery, retail store, or something else entirely, AltspaceVR offers a way to reach your audience online in the most natural and effective way possible – VR.”

A few developers have already began making experiences for the platform but AltspaceVR wants to encourage. In an effort to encourage developers to create apps for their platform AltspaceVR is opening up a developer fund with $150,000 available in grant money. Developers will be able to apply with a prototype and a plan and those admitted will continue in the program until they complete their projects. The developers will retain all ownership of projects made in the program, as well as with the SDK in general.

We reached out to AltspaceVR with a few questions:

Does this represent a step towards making AltspaceVR a more open platform?

Yes, the SDK uses standard and open web technology to allow developers to share their VR applications and content in AltspaceVR – an industry first. As a result, VR becomes within reach for a wide variety of developers.

Why release this now, rather than earlier with the alpha tests?

We have been working closely with developers (we already have apps in AltspaceVR that were developed by them in just a few days). Meanwhile we have improved the SDK and support so that it is ready for general release. We also were able to include an important capability–live programming–that is of particular benefit to the developers. It is a powerful aid to creativity and productivity, and a natural fit for the social nature of AltspaceVR

What kind of applications are you looking for with the grant?

We are looking for proposals that leverage the unique capabilities of AltspaceVR and the open web, and have a good plan for successful completion. Though we encourage individual developers to apply, we are especially excited about supporting small cross-disciplinary teams.

What will the workflow be to create things for AltspaceVR? Is it something non developers can do?

We have enabled and tested a number of workflows that leverage modern web development tools. If you already have experience in this area, your tools should work out of the box. If you are new to development, we have a great on-boarding path using live-coding tools.


To download the SDK, or apply for AltspaceVR’s Developer Initiative Program, you can visit the AltspaceVR Developer Portal at http://developer.altvr.com/.

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