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Sandbox Installation and Setup
Explore Your Home Domain

Congratulations on installing Sandbox! When Sandbox starts, it downloads a default set of content (models, scripts, etc.) and creates your Home domain. High Fidelity virtual worlds are designed to be immersive and interactive. Your Home domain's default content set contains a number of fun things to do that demonstrate how things work and show you what you can create in High Fidelity.

Like any High Fidelity virtual world, you view and navigate your Home using Interface. If you aren't familiar with how to navigate High Fidelity virtual worlds using Interface, see the Visit Virtual Worlds tutorial.

Launching Sandbox

To launch Sandbox, you can find the High Fidelity applications in your Start Menu (Windows) or in your Applications folder (OS X), usually in a High Fidelity subfolder, and launch it from there.

When Sandbox is running you should see the High Fidelity icon in your system tray (Windows) or in the top menu bar (OS X).

High Fidelity icon in your system tray (Windows).
High Fidelity icon in the top menu bar (OS X).

To visit your Home domain, click on the High Fidelity icon in your system tray (Windows) or in the top menu bar (OS X) and in the menu that opens, select Go Home.

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This starts the domain server and launches Interface with your avatar at the Home domain's index position. By default, the index position is 0, 0, 0 which will put your avatar right in the middle of the default content.

When you first start Sandbox, you should see the default Home content.

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Take some time to wander around and get a feel for what is here.

Interacting with Objects

High Fidelity virtual worlds are designed to be immersive and interactive. The next sections cover examples of how you might interact with in-world objects starting with the objects on the the desk in front of you when you first logged in. If you've wandered off, you can return to the starting point simply by selecting Go Home from the Sandbox menu.

Knock Objects Over

If you have been wandering around for a bit, you may have already bumped into something and knocked it over. If not, you can give that a try now by knocking over the bowl of fruit on the desk.

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To knock the bowl of fruit over:

  • Razer Hydra, HTC Vive, or Leap Motion: Just give the bowl a push with your virtual hand!
  • Mouse: Click and hold on the object then move the object along the ground plane by moving the mouse.

Turn Lamp On and Off

The lamp on the desk can be turned on to add additional light.

Turn on the lamp to add light to the scene.

To turn on and off the lamp, click on the lamp. To click on objects:

  • Razer Hydra or HTC Vive: Move your hand to the object and then use the trigger to click.
  • Mouse: Click on it as you would in any application.
  • Leap Motion: Move your hand to where it intersects with the object you want to click on, then quickly close your hand into a fist and then open it flat again.

Pick Up and Hold Objects

To pick up and hold objects:

  • Razer Hydra or HTC Vive: Move your hand to the object and then hold the trigger to grab the object. If the object is out of reach, you can "distance grab" the object. You do this by pulling the trigger pointing towards the object, and then yanking it towards you. This should get it close enough to grab again.
  • Leap Motion: Grab it by closing your hand into a fist when your hand intersects with the object. To put it down, open your hand flat. If the object is out of reach, you can use the mouse to move it to a location where you can reach it.
  • Mouse: Click and hold on the object to grab it. You can move the object along the ground plane by moving the mouse. To move the object up and down, press the Shift key. To rotate the object, press the Ctrl key.

To try this out, you can pick up objects on the desk or wander out on to the patio where you will see a watering can and a potted plant. Pick up the watering and can and tip it so that the water pours on the rocks. Then, watch the flowers grow.

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Draw on a Whiteboard

When you first entered your Home domain, you may have noticed a whiteboard to your right.

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If you have an HTC Vive controller or Razer Hydra, this demo will let you draw on the whiteboard, just follow the instructions on the whiteboard.

Watch Videos and Learn More

More examples can be found in the tables in the next room.

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Instructions for each example are in-world and near the example. To learn more about how each example was created, you can watch the video on the adjacent monitor. To start the video, simply click on the video with your mouse or hand controller.

Tidy Up

If you have been roaming around for a while and trying out all of the examples, you may have made a virtual mess - perhaps you knocked the lamp on floor or maybe you overturned the fruit bowl and fruit rolled everywhere. To put things back in place, look for the tidy up robot on the wall in the hall.

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Click the tidy up button to set things back as they were when you first entered your home domain.

Using In-World Links to Other Virtual Worlds

Content creators can add in-world links that will transport you to another location. Two such links can be found in the Home world for you to try out. Look around for two posters, one that says "Playa" and another that says "CellScience". Go to the one that says “Playa” and click on it.

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You will then be transported to Playa.

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Feel free to spend some time exploring here. As there isn't an in-world link that will transport you back Home, you'll need to use another method to return Home, such as the Navigation Bar. To return to your home, in the navigation bar enter Home or localhost.

Another easy way to return Home is to click on the High Fidelity icon in your system tray (Windows) or in the top menu bar (OS X) and in the menu that opens, select Go Home.

The "CellScience" world is well worth look so feel free to click on that poster as well to transport yourself there.

Accessing Additional Examples

High Fidelity offers a variety of additional examples that you can use to customize your environment and play with.

Click on the Examples icon found in lower center of your view.

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The Examples panel appears. Here you'll see various avatars, scripts, games and other objects.

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The Examples panel appears. Here you'll see various avatars, scripts, games and other objects.

Note: To download some of the examples, you will need to have a High Fidelity Account and be logged in. If you have an account but are not logged in, select File > Login to login.

For example, to add a bean bag chair to your home environment, complete these steps:

  1. Navigate to near where you would like the chair to appear.
  2. Click Get and the chair should appear directly in front of you.
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The bean bag may not have landed exactly where you wanted it to or it may be larger or smaller than you like. Edit Mode allows you to edit objects in your environment. You can move, rotate, or resize objects or even add scripts to the object to make it interactive. To learn more about how to use edit mode, see Edit Mode.

What Next?

  • Learn more about building domain content Your home domain contained some default content so that you had something to look at when you first started. You also saw how get additional content from the Examples panel. To really make your Home yours, you will want to add your own models and scripts. To learn more about adding your own content, see Creating Content.
  • Explore the script editor Included in Interface is a basic script editor. The script editor provides you with an interface for quickly editing and running scripts. Also, included with High Fidelity are example scripts. One example script, butterfly.js gives your avatar a kaleidoscope of butterflies to keep it company.
The create butterflies tutorial uses the example script, butterfly.js, to show you how to run and edit scripts using the script editor.
  • Learn more about managing the server To learn more about managing the server, see the Sandbox Reference Guide. There you will learn how to use Sandbox to start, stop, and restart the server, check status and logs, and ensure Sandbox is running at startup.
  • Learn more about configuring server settings To learn more about server settings, see the Server Settings.