OnexOS: a 3D virtual world operating system!
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 and communicating.
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:
You can build shared experiences like a gallery:
Or a warehouse:
You can build entire worlds:

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.
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:
Or build a city library:

Read on

To read on, go here, here or here for an expanded view of this approach with examples, or here to read about the smartwatch version.
There's also a list here 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