Category Archives: avatars

The ‘natural avatar’ and the ‘plastic avatar’

I was recently asked to consider an immersive collaboration platform that utilised what I term a  ‘natural’ avatar, that is, a streaming video representation of one’s real self via the use of a webcam on a digital body. Logically, it would seem that this is a better solution than an entirely graphically produced avatar, as… Read More »

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26 points about virtual worlds for 2011

Here are some ruminations from my research project, Immersive Internet Australia , commissioned by the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre  and Swinburne University of Technology. The list is neither exhaustive, nor final. Comments welcome. The immersive Internet is a generic term for technological platforms that enable a 3D or 2.5D (a flatter perspective) graphic rendering of real… Read More »

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Real virtuality:when your own name is your avatar

I have bitten the bullet, and created a Second Life avatar which carries my own name; no more hiding behind exaggerated curves for me. I picked an off-the-shelf avatar, one that  like me, had a lock of hair over the eyes. The problem is that there are sure to be thousands who look just the same, so… Read More »

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Are virtual worlds off the boil ?

The August release of Gartner’s 2010 hype cycle for emerging technologies, which sees Virtual Worlds lodged in the pit of the disillusionment trough, has generated some interesting discussion in the blogosphere. VW’ds marketing consultant Mary Ellen Gordon asks why this has occurred, especially in light of Gartners’ much quoted 2007 declaration’ that by 2012, 80… Read More »

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Avatars: Personas ? or Skins?

I’ve been following a discussion thread about avatars, where the distinction between ‘personas or skins’ demonstrates the discomfort people in enterprise situations might feel about the corporate use of avatars. Firstly , a reminder as to why the corporate use of  3D environments does indeed have something unique to offer – which Skype, Webex, Gotomeeting,… Read More »

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SFO's Counter-Culture lives on! Second Life's metaverse and Burning Man

 I have always been fascinated by the counter-cultural heritage of  Second Life  – as evidenced by Phillip Rosedale’s much vaunted epiphany   at the 1999 art, fire and community event,  Burning Man, in the middle of the Nevada desert. Residents in Second Life acknowledge the connection with an  SL event, Burning Life  held in-world each October to coincide with its real world… Read More »

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Avatar!

I needed some avatar pictures for an article I am preparing for the Telecommunication Journal of Australia, entitled,‘Is there a business case for using online virtual environments for meetings?’  I found  these images on flickr. The first two  I chose to illustrate the status of the newbie when compared to a seasoned Second Life Resident; the point… Read More »

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