Our Blogs


Archive for October, 2007

 IBM and Pelican Studios Create inDuality Web Browser Plug-in

(source: New World Notes)
With support from IBM’s UK division, the small startup Pelican Studios has created inDuality, a universal metaverse plug-in that lets you run interactive, high-resolution 3D graphics in a browser. This fantastic development could be key to accelerating the acceptance of 3D virtual worlds into the mass-base of internet users.
Visit the inDuality FAQ [...]



 CNN Goes Virtual

Source: MEDIAWEEK (October 29, 2007)
As news organizations slash budgets and scale back bureaus, CNN is expanding—except not in real life.
In the week of Nov. 5, the news giant is set to open a news-gathering outpost in Second Life. And unlike news service Reuters, which embedded a real reporter in the online virtual world last year, [...]



 Number of SL Users Reaches 10M Mark

Sometime during October 11, 2007, the ten millionth SL user signed up for an account and was welcomed to Orientation Island. This is a big milestone considering that Linden Labs passed the one million mark only about a year ago, October 18, 2006.
What could this significant milestone mean? “As Second Life continues to grow, naturally, [...]



 Avatrian Goes Medieval

Our latest creation is a series of English Plate Armours dating back to circa 1460. The design is based on the funeral effigy of the English knight, Ralph Fitzherbert. Comprising of 24 various attachments for each set, Avatrian’s English Plate Armour also comes in five distinct hues…Silver, Gold, Copper, Black, and Scarlet.
We are now [...]



 Second Life Will Revolutionize Engineering Design

Matthew J. Traum, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at the University of North Texas, reports on the virtual world of Second Life and show how this new technology will impact engineering design. His conclusion: SL is a disruptive technology that will revolutionize computer aided engineering design and facilitate new [...]



 Japanese Researchers Develop Thought-Control System for SL Avatar

(source: http://www.pinktentacle.com)
A research team led by professor Jun’ichi Ushiba of the Keio University Biomedical Engineering Laboratory has developed a BCI system that lets the user walk an avatar through the streets of Second Life while relying solely on the power of thought. This could be the beginnings of a system by which not only can [...]



 Real Hope in a Virtual World

October 16, 2007
After suffering a devastating stroke four years ago, Susan Brown was left in a wheelchair with little hope of walking again. Today, the 57-year-old Richmond woman has regained use of her legs and has begun to reclaim her life, thanks in part to encouragement she says she gets from an online “virtual world” [...]



 Companies shifting virtual world strategies

Source: Reuters/SecondLife (October 11, 2007)
When Cisco Systems decided to enter Second Life, things didn’t turn out exactly as the network equipment supplier expected.
“We were quick. We got into Second Life and put up a big building with repurposed Web content. It was a ghost town. Digital tumbleweeds,” said Christian Renaud, head of Cisco’s networked virtual [...]



 Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo

The Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo will be held on October 10-11, 2007 in San Jose Convention Center, CA. It helps businesses harness the power of virtual worlds to engage with their customers, partners and employees. The event follows our sold out Virtual Worlds Spring New York conference.
To read the entire article, click [...]



 Vodafone Island Enables Avatar-to-Mobile Phone Communication

Vodafone has launched a revolutionary service called InsideOut in their SL Island. The service lets SL users purchase an HUD (or Heads Up Display) identity in the virtual world which they can connect to their real-world mobile phone number. This enables subscribers to make and receive calls and text messages between their Second Life and [...]