In this article, we show how you may use OnexOS and live your online life in the Object Network.
Daily usage of OnexOS and examples
OnexOS is an operating system that will let us create a single, shared 3D universe.
OnexOS gives you and your family and friends a shared space for creativity, sharing
Its primary unique feature is its use of links - between everything we create and
between each of our creations within a single shared universe.
In its early releases, the primary building material we use will be flat panels, that
can be used both for making rooms and for writing messages on.
So the first thing you may do in OnexOS is to build a family room to share stuff. Just
quickly snap or link together some panels into a room, then put a panel on the wall as a
pinboard space to pin or link to messages and photos. Everyone can visit this room and
will see each other and can say "Hi!", and add to the pinboard.
Building worlds together, with links between objects
Having everything in the world, from photos to cities and from leaves to forests, linked
together allows us all to quickly create a potentially huge, single, shared universe.
With links you can build a city:
- build a house from panels linked into rooms and rooms linked together
- add more rooms to build your virtual family home, perhaps one room for each of you
- then build a street made of links to all the houses of your family and friends
- add some extra houses by creating one house and dropping its link up the street
- then build a city with links to the streets of other families
You can build shared experiences like a gallery:
- place a large city gallery with walls linking to everyone's favourite photos in their
albums or photo frames
- rebuild the gallery to create many rooms organised by theme
- a picture matching two themes in the gallery can appear twice with a link from each room
- if you like the gallery's "landscape" room, simply grab its link and paste it onto
your own virtual house
- now you can wander in easily at any time (but you'll be in the gallery now, so need
to hit the back button to return home!)
Or a warehouse:
- create a warehouse store full of links to 3D objects to share with each other
- fill it with plants, tables, trees, rocks, houses, castles
- if you want to use something, you don't walk out with it, you just grab a link to it
and drop it where you want
- you can even grab a bit of that castle: if you like its tallest tower, simply take
You can build entire worlds:
- create a pretty tree on a little hill
- replicate a link from your tree to your sister's leaf, repeated all over it
- then multiply that tree up to a forest on a mountain by dropping hill and tree links
- if your sister changes the leaf to red in autumn, all trees that use the leaf go red
- attach that mountain to the back of your city with just a link, and another link to
get back again
- but have a signpost in the forest that also contains the city's link so you can save
the walk and teleport there!
- if you visit a fantasy village made by a different group of folk, and like it, share
its link with the other families in the chat room
- then if everyone in each town agrees, you can all co-create a highway through the
hills to link the two towns up in each direction
How does the 2D stuff work in 3D?
Panels can be used to create notes and photos. These can be shared, pinned to the walls
or even left lying around on the floor.
- if you want to share a poster from your virtual bedroom, simply grab its link and pin
it to the kitchen pinboard
- now if you change anything on the poster, everyone in the kitchen can see that change too
- drop in a link from your scrapbook of notes and photos to one of your mum's notes on
the desk in her virtual study
- pin a link in the middle of your virtual kitchen wall to one of your scrapbook photos
- keep a shopping list in the virtual kitchen that everyone can see when going out
There are panels representing documents, that know about layout. You can drop panels
with text onto or into them and they will then line up with one another and you can
scroll them. You can then re-order this sequence of paragraph panels easily.
Similarly, there's a chat panel, where the stack of message panels it contains can't be
re-ordered as they are timestamped, so can only be added to at the end.
These document and chat panels are really just sequences of links to paragraph panels.
So this means that you can easily build a new document or poster by simply collecting
and dropping some links into it. These could be links to paragraph or message panels
that you find elsewhere, links to select chat messages or links to photos you like on
someone's wall. You can of course, link to bigger things in your document, like other
documents, or to complete 3D objects, or to an entire virtual city.
With document, poster and chat panels:
- before going out, anyone can quickly make a personal shopping list by grabbing just the
links to the items of the shared one that they plan to fetch themselves
- create a 2D chat panel on the kitchen wall, which everyone can grab a link to to put
in their own rooms
- create a chat for several families
- create a billboard with links to text paragraphs and images, describing an upcoming
meeting or event
- remind everyone by putting the billboard up around the city, by simply dropping its
- if the event time changes, when you edit the billboard, all instances around update
- create signs pointing the way to landmarks, containing a link to allow direct teleporting
Or build a city library:
- next to the city gallery on the high street, put down a library full of links
collecting the best documents you have created or discovered
- maybe the holiday plans, favourite recipes or music reviews you each have in your rooms
- or documents "published" by other families
- collect an array of some links to snippets of text and images that you find useful for
a short story you're writing
- obviously, a stack, array or list of links is also an object in the world, so has its
- if you like a paragraph in someone's document, then of course it also has a link that
you can grab for your snippet collection
- sit in the library and surround yourself with (links to) those snippets while you
To read on, go
for an expanded view of this approach with examples,
to read about the smartwatch version.
There's also a list
of many more, broader and deeper, articles and presentations about the Object Network.
OnexOS is still under
development. If you want to get involved as an early adopter and tester, get in touch!
Duncan Cragg, 2023. Contact me