Wednesday 13 December 2017

Someone made a smartphone in Minecraft – And it really works!


Emma Clark

YouTuber CaptainSparklez made a smartphone in Minecraft that can actually be used to browse the internet and make video calls. Incredible!

Is there anything that Minecraft players can’t do? This project is particularly impressive; someone has made a smartphone that can actually be used to make video calls!

YouTuber CaptainSparklez, otherwise known as Jordan Maron, released a video that demos the build. The smartphone can be used to browse the web and make video calls with people who aren’t playing Minecraft.

Of course, Minecraft can’t process images at high resolution; everything is rendered in blocks. Verizon explains that it created a web application called Boxel that translates real web pages and streaming video into blocks so they can be built on a Minecraft server in real time. Its server plugin uses Boxel-client to handle the communication between Minecraft and the real world as translated by the web application.

He teamed up with Verizon to build a network within his Minecraft game that can then connect to the real world. The entire video is sponsored, but it’s an interesting project nonetheless.

You can dig into the more technical details on Verizon’s dedicated page if that tickles your interest.

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