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 Abbottabad in SL

The team put its rapid-development capabilities into action and whipped out a 3D visual replica of the Abbottabad compound in Second Life. It is built to the proper scale and orientation of the RL compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Although it is still an on-going work, the space is pretty convincing for only five [...]



 Meet and Greet at Blue Mars

Last Friday, I got a tweet from Hamlet inviting everyone for a meet and greet at Blue Mars. He recently joined the Avatar Reality group in a consulting capacity. And, the meeting was a good time to get re-acquainted with the latest developments in the Blue Mars platform. Being free on a [...]



 Meet Stardust Isodo

Hi there guys, I’m a new guy in the office. My name is Christian using the avatar “Stardust Isodo” and I’m glad to be working in Avatrian!
I admit, when I applied in Avatrian, I don’t have that much knowledge with it or hands-on experience with Second Life or OpenSim but I’ve heard so many things [...]



 Second Life upgrading to Havok 7

This week Second Life is upgrading from server 1.38 to 1.40. The most important component of this release is the integration of Havok 7, the most recent battle-tested version of Havok’s Physics Engine.
Key benefits of the Server 1.40/Havok 7 upgrade include:
* Reduction of [...]



 Blue Mars: Martian Boneyards Game

This is a cool and educational game that can be played inside Blue Mars. You play as an archeologist and solve the mysteries in the Blue Mars city named Arcadia.

This game is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.



 3D Meshes via COLLADA in Second Life

Picked up from New World Notes: 3D Meshes via COLLADA (COLLAborative Design Activity), in Second Life might just be around the corner. What does this mean? From a builder’s perspective…a LOT!

Collada allows rigging which means: Wearable clothing, entire avatar replacements that bend with animations!
Five submeshes for each object
Four different Levels Of Detail
One [...]



 “Philip Rosedale, Visionary” – Fortune

Here’s a recent interview of Philip Rosedale (the creator of Second Life and founder of Linden Lab) done by Fortune Magazine, who hails him a visionary for his radical concept of a virtual world, as manifested by Second Life.
Although he says nothing radically new in the video, he does mention the potentials of motion capture [...]



 Closing of Greenies Home Rezzable

Very sad news this week that Greenies Home Rezzable in Second Life will be closing June 23rd 2010. I received an object message from Second Life confirming this.
“The object ‘Greenies Home’ has sent you a message from Second Life:
Today is a really sad day for SL. I have to announce the closing of Greenies Home [...]



 Second Life Voice Morphing

Linden Lab just announced an alpha release of Viewer 2.1. While most of the improvements are on performance, stability and usablity Linden Lab is also excited to reveal two new features including single sign-on and Voice Morphing, that can change the sound of your inworld voice to match your avatar. It’s an exciting new [...]



 Gesture-Based Computing Boon for Virtual Builders?

Robert Wang, a computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. has developed a system that could bring gesture-based computing to the masses and it requires nothing more than a pair of multicoloured latex gloves, a webcam and a laptop.
As seen in the video, the device has a lot [...]