What we looked for ages. Ability to play you-tube in second life. Now that You-Tube supports MP4 you can stream them directly to Second life. Mega cool. Ahhh the power of standards.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I fear that the virtual worlds industry, will end up like the gaming industry -- small islands that stifle large scale innovation. In contrast, the internet model, with its defined stack, is a much better example to arrive at the full 3D3C real virtual world. In any event, the call state:
INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDIZATION
ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE NORMALISATION ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 CODING OF MOVING PICTURES AND AUDIO
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11/N9903 Archamps, France, May 2008
Title: MPEG-V Extended Call for Requirements
MPEG, a working group in ISO/IEC, has produced many important standards (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-7, and MPEG-21). MPEG feels that it is important to standardize intermediate formats and protocols for “Information exchange with Virtual Worlds”, MPEG-V in the areas of “Interfaces between virtual worlds” and “Interfaces between virtual worlds and the physical world”.
As stated in the w9424 “Information exchange with Virtual Worlds 'Context, Objectives and Use Cases'”  the intended standard for ‘Information exchange with Virtual Worlds’ will consist of at least three parts:
· Part1: Architecture
· Part2: Interfaces between virtual worlds
· Part3: Interfaces between virtual worlds and the physical world
The first part (Part1: Architecture) will describe an overall architecture that can be instantiated for all the foreseeable combinations of virtual worlds and real world deployment.
The second part (Part2: Interfaces between virtual worlds) will allow for the interchange of characteristics between virtual worlds taking native formats and scalability into account.
The third part (Part3: Interfaces between virtual worlds and the physical world) will allow for the interfacing of sensors and actuators to the virtual world taking native formats into account.
MPEG has produces “Draft requirements for MPEG-V”  based on the contributions received on a request for requirements issued at the 83rd MPEG meeting (
See the initial draft.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
See full post here.
One of the best rules of learning is: if you find something useful, share it. Teaching someone else not only enlightens them, it also improves your memory!*
I keep getting asked by fellow Lindens and Residents about how to record voice chat, which is very useful for capturing public events (meetings, classes, etc.) so they can be posted on a website and broadcast later. It’s also helpful for podcasting and more personal situations. Since you are awesome, I’ve done the following to save you time & trouble!
The basic process is: (1) record, (2) edit & encode, and (3) upload.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles on Thursday charged a Missouri mother with fraudulently creating a MySpace account and using it to "cyber-bully" a 13-year-old girl who later committed suicide.See a video in CNN.
The girl, Megan Meier, hanged herself in her upstairs bedroom two years ago, shortly after being jilted by an Internet suitor she thought was a 16-year-old boy. The case caused a national furor when it was alleged that the "boy" was actually Lori Drew, the mother of one of Megan's former friends.Real Virtual Worlds can be painfully "real." As more of these worlds become part of our lives we need to educate ourselves about the dark sides of virtual life. Real virtual worlds are not a game -- they are yet another part of life with all the the good and the bad.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Virtual worlds such as Second Life will become an indispensible business tool and vital to the strategy of any company intent on reaching out to the video-game generation, one of the world's leading consultancies has said.OK, it is part of a much larger report on on-line marketing. But still nice quote.
McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm whose observations about corporate behaviour are closely watched, said that virtual worlds were on the cusp of a major expansion - particularly as a way to reach younger customers - and that companies were "ignoring them at their peril."
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
IBM Haifa Reserch Lab: Real Virtual Worlds: Key Technical Challenges (with Focus on MLM Virtual Goods)
- Intro to Virtual Worlds.
- Key Technical Challenges in Virtual Worlds.
- Focus on the MLM Virtual Goods Challenge.
Real Virtual Worlds are defined as a three-dimensional worlds in which human characters spend their time, play, work and live. A definition is proposed – 3D3C: 3D for the three dimensions of this interactive world and 3C for Community in which people connect with one another, Creation that allows people to express themselves and Commerce that links real monetary value to actions in this world. Current business models -- what works and what does not work -- as seen today in Second Life, the first example of a real virtual world, are described. To fulfill the immense potential we need to overcome several technical barriers -- this barriers calls for new
algorithms, and define a research agenda in this topic.
One such technical challenge is the issue of MLM Virtual Goods management. MLM stand for Multi Level Marketing -- a known and sometimes problematic scheme or real sales -- yet MLM like sales method has an important meaning when it comes to virtual goods. Baring in mind, that internet:ads==virtual worlds:virtual goods, the ability to sell, cross sell, up-sell, co-sell takes a specific meaning.