Virtual World Developers, your roller coaster is on its slow upward climb getting ready to hurtle is way down steep declines, around tight impossible curves, flipping over upon itself to once again enter another breath taking decent and amongst all the screams of terror, joy, ecstasy the roller coaster continues unmercifully at speeds that can’t be imagined.. how long does the ride go for. Real roller coasters only minutes, but this roller coaster exists in a place called Second Life where you are only limited by your imagination & genius.. developers all over the real world had better engage their safety belts for the longest ride of their human lives…Linden Labs has pressed the start button – itsReal
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Further to my post :
it appears STA Travel… are seeing the light and are venturing into second life, read more
STA Travel is to test the possibilities of the virtual world with consumers with the opening a travel centre in Second Life.
The company has developed the centre after signing a partnership with the Electric Sheep Company and ElectricArtists.
The centre will include virtual dorms that members will be able to customise and use for meeting other Second Life residents.
UK managing director John Constable said: “Our intention is not to try to exactly replicate what we do in the real world in the virtual world.
Silicon Island announces International Technology Expo 2007
“Honoring Excellence in SL Technology”
The International Technology Expo (ITE) on Silicon Island is dedicated to showcasing over 40 of the finest business related SL products that either improve RL business operations, or improve a RL company’s access to a target market in SL. Products include Telecommunications, Construction Tools, Web-Based Interactive Linking Systems, Content Management Tools, Marketing & Advertising Systems, and 3rd Party Innovations.
“ITE’07 is dedicated to showcasing the most innovative in technology products and services created by its residents for your business and personal needs.”
As well as extensive exhibition halls, to satisfy your Tshirt-grabbing needs, you can expect a full programme of lectures, product launches, demos and discussions. But if you find that thought too earnest and worthy, you might be more interested in the concerts and parties. The programme is not yet finalised but is set to include:
• Friday April 20 noon to 6:00 pm SLT 7:00 PM EXPO CONCERT – John Legend
• Saturday April 21 noon to 6:00 pm SLT 7:00 PM EXPO CONCERT – Black Eyed Peas
Full Agenda Click HERE
Exhibitor List Click HERE
Press Release: ITE 2007
Cutting edge tech makes the virtual world your oyster
by Stevenson Swanson
Chicago Tribune (MCT)
31 March 2007
From being a flat presence on a computer screen, the Web is rapidly morphing into a three-dimensional virtual world.
Powered by such popular social-networking sites as Second Life and There.com, where users represent themselves with animated figures called avatars, virtual technology is finding a host of new applications that are likely to prove as revolutionary as the rapid rise of the Internet a decade ago.
From holding virtual training meetings with employees to visiting your doctor for a 3-D check-up or spending time in a virtual Elizabethan world to learn about Shakespeare’s plays, the possibilities for virtual technology are unpredictable but almost limitless, according to business executives, tech-savvy designers, and marketing consultants.
“This is going to be one freaky-deaky 21st century,” said Jerry Paffendorf, the “resident futurist” at the Electric Sheep Co., which designs virtual world projects for businesses. “The amount of technological change in the next 10 years is going to equal the entire last century. We’re not going to use that technology to send e-mail faster. We’re going to use it to build virtual worlds.”
As one measure of the recent explosive growth of these online worlds, Second Life has grown to more than 5 million registered users, up from 1.4 million in November. In that virtual adult playground, avatars chat, attend concerts, buy virtual cars and clothes with virtual money called Linden dollars, and even have simulated sex.
But such activities barely scratch the surface of the three-dimensional Web, according to speakers and some of the 600 attendees at the first-of-its-kind Virtual Worlds Conference, held last week at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan.
Robert Gehorsam, president of Forterra Systems Inc., said that with improvements in technology, virtual worlds could be used to train new employees and allow them to practice job skills. Nurses need several hundred hours of on-the-job training after they graduate from nursing school, but working such trainees into the hectic operations of a hospital can be difficult, he said.
“If you can train nurses on shift-change communication, or the right drug, you’re going to reduce the number of preventable deaths,” said Gehorsam, whose company adapts commercial game technology for the government and medical and corporate clients.
One nonprofit group that has started to tap the potential of virtual worlds is the American Cancer Society, which has held two “Relay for Life” fundraising events “in world,” as denizens of the 3-D Web refer to events in the virtual world. Second Life users made pledges for their avatars, who took part in the runs. At a cost of only $1,200 to rent space on the site, the cancer society raised more than $46,000. It hopes to realize $75,000 at this year’s relay.
Hewlett Packard and its partners, StarHub and Symantec this week announced the launch of its inaugural (yes there will be more) HP Total Care Challenge. Singapore Small and Medium Businesses (SMB’s) are invited to submit their ideas on how technology could be used to enhance their company’s growth
To enter Click Here,
The $70,000 not available in cash, which could be very useful for an SMB, is made up of HP services, products and partner offerings. Applicants need to submit an essay of not more than 400 words (not alot so don’t think a novel is required) by April 30 2007.
What is your perception of the reality which this LEAP in technology offers ?
I invite you to contact me as together, like minded people can create their own realities. You must be passionate for a collaboration to evolve.
Below is the Agenda for Nexus 2007 – I am absolutely attending this event, the fee is only $15.00 but look at the lineup.
For more Details and Online Registration visit www.nevus2007.com
Opening Address: Disruption, Opportunity and Innovation
The New Asia Pacific
BERLIN GOES 3D IN GOOGLE EARTH
Click Your Way through the Brandenburg Gate
As though one Berlin were not enough. A virtual 3D tour of the German capital at Google Earth is the first of its kind. Soon, the site hopes to add a historical tour as well.
Berlin has gone virtual. As of Thursday morning, the German capital – from the gigantic Alexanderplatz TV tower right down to the potholes in the side streets — can be seen in Google Earth. The virtual visitor can even enter the new Berlin Central Station and marvel at the Reichstag. Other landmarks are likewise on offer.
Photo Gallery: Berlin Goes Virtual
For now, the pixelated metropolis is largely unpopulated. There are no virtual politicians wandering the government quarter and no virtual shoppers strolling Unter den Linden. It will be a few years yet before online cities like Berlin get mashed up with computer worlds like Second Life.But 3D Berlin is more than just a pretty computer project. Already, there are those dreaming of online shops occupying the same address in the virtual world that their real-world sisters occupy in real life — and with the same wares on display. Indeed, it seems that the virtual parliament buildings, embassies and election campaigns on Second Life are little more than a test run for the digital version of the real world that Google, Microsoft and others are in the process of building.
In order to see Berlin 3D, you need to have the newest version of Google Earth and must access it through this link.
Berlin has proven a willing partner, having supplied the site with content free of charge. Represented by the Business Location Center Berlin-Brandenburg, the German capital commissioned a 3D model of itself from 3D Geo — which it then made available to Google.
“It’s a new dimension to innovative location marketing and investor incentive,” says Harald Wolf, Berlin’s Senator for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues.
Berliners are taking particular delight in having beaten their rival Hamburgers to the chase. On January 17, Hamburg announced it would be the first city in the world to present itself in 3D on Google Earth. The press conference featured a virtual helicopter flight over the city; viewers floated over Hamburg’s city hall and its famous historic port.Google spokesman Stefan Keuchel praised the realistic textures of the facades, obtained using aerial shots of the buildings. He promised that Hamburg 3D would be going online “in a few days or weeks.” Evidently he promised too much — the program is still not online. Data protection issues have delayed the project indefinitely.
The result for Berlin is impressive. Some 44,000 buildings in Berlin’s city center can be seen in the simple view, though the facades are not the real ones. But a complete virtual city tour, coupled with historic narration, is soon to come. Some 550 buildings of particular significance have been singled out with photos of their facades.
A further 50 buildings and building complexes are represented in greater detail. Most novel of all, however, is the attempt to bring virtual visitors inside. Users can wander through the Reichstag, check out the new Berlin Central Station, marvel at the stunning interior of Frank Gehry’s building next to the Brandenburg Gate, and visit the Sony Center and Olympic Stadium.
Five especially prominent buildings be entered virtually and viewed from the inside: the Reichstag (German parliament), the central train station, the DZ Bank on Pariser Platz, the Sony Center and the Olympic Stadium.
Further improvements are sure to come. The race is on for the best 3D city in the world.