A Time Portal To Tudor London

Time Portals

Time portals have been opening in Second Life and on Saturday July 15th a new one appeared, this one taking us on a journey to Tudor London, which in my opinion is a modern looking environment.

Time Portal Tudor London

As an intrepid explorer I decided I would research this location for you all and in between having some ale and a pie in The George Tavern I also found myself bumping into a time traveller who is better known for their appearances in 1920’s Berlin.

Time Portal Jo Yardley

I stood quietly as a female looking time traveller with, as far as I know, only one heart, played a pleasant tune. This is part of the beauty of the diverse nature of Second Life, we’ve had a time traveller in a female form playing a leading role for far longer than the BBC.

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Cum On Feel The (High Fidelity) Noize

Mini Golf High Fidelity

High Fidelity are really ramping up the noise in the publicity market with a series of extremely impressive looking developments.

One particularly striking development comes via High Fidelity’s link up with 3D body scanning company DOOB-3D.

High Fidelity’s Janet J. Lee blogged about DOOB-3D back in May and gave a brief overview of what DOOB-3D can do :

Doob 3D is a full service 3D tech company founded in Dusseldorf, Germany, with regional HQs in NYC and Tokyo, as well as stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The company defines a “ doob™” as “a photo-realistic 3D printed replica of you.”

The blog post also delves into the steps required to get that avatar into High Fidelity, there are quite a few steps but the results are impressive.

A short version of the process is exemplified extremely well in a YouTube Video from High Fidelity : Ashlen Rose’s Cosplay + Doob 3D = High Fidelity VR Avatar.

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Release The Kraken!

Red Door

Virtual reality experiences are coming slowly and seem to be getting a tad more affordable. Oculus are running a Summer of Rift promotion, where you can get an Oculus Rift + touch controller for around £399.00 in the UK, or around $399.00 in North America. That’s quite a significant drop on previous pricing.

High Fidelity is progressing in a way that demonstrates some very impressive potential for VR experiences, for example by partnering with Limitless to help users create NPC’s in High Fidelity.

Linden Lab’s Sansar is still in creator preview mode but we are hearing more about what is being developed, a recent article by Charlie Fink over at Forbes looked at art in VR –  Artists Show Potential Of VR :

Virtual Reality galleries within the gallery were the subject of several exhibits. Notably, The Apollo Museum and the Harold Lloyd Stereoscopic Museum, were both built using Linden Labs new VR platform, Sansar. which is still in closed beta. Linden created and operates the insanely profitable 3D social world Second Life. Bjorn Laurin, VP of Linden Labs, told me Sansar will be the WordPress of VR, a simple world construction tool and platform that anyone can use to create their own VR world.

Ikinema recently announced – Linden Lab Integrates IKinema Tech for Natural Avatar Movements in Sansar :

IKINEMA, the leader in real-time inverse kinematics, today announces that Linden Lab has harnessed IKinema technology to bring full-body IK to SansarTM, the new platform for user-created social VR experiences.

Positive developments on different platforms and on top of that, a content creator who is pretty well known in Second Life circles has also been talking about Sansar.

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Meet The Lindens At SL14B Worked Very Well

Dee, Patch and Saffia

Meet The Lindens at SL14B saw Saffia Widdershins of Prim Perfect fame conducting four interviews with Lindens.

Saffia interviewed Patch and Dee Linden on Monday, Landon (not from London) Linden on Tuesday, Xiola Linden on Wednesday and Oz and Grumpity Linden on Thursday.

Saffia battled technical glitches and a cold to conduct these interviews and these interviews worked very well.

Landon and Saffia

Now if you want to know what was said, this isn’t really the post for you, although I will embed the videos near the bottom of the post.

Inara Pey has been on the case though and currently has extensive transcripts of the interviews with Patch and Dee, Landon and Oz and Grumpity.

Xiola and Saffia Talk

Part of the beauty of these interviews is that they give us an insight into the person behind the Linden and we learn some new things, in many cases, about the Lindens.

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SL14B Time To Enjoy The Exhibits

Dirty Grind

The partying might be over in terms of performances at SL14B but the show goes on and this second week is a great opportunity to explore the exhibits.

1920s Berlin Project SL14B

There are a lot of exhibitors at SL14B and they bring to fore the vast array of different interests and use cases for Second Life.

Watermill Cottage

Art, roleplaying, Linden Lab governance, Bay City, London City, Virtual Railways, carnivals, entertainment, discussion and much much more are on display.

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