On 9th January 2015, High Fidelity opened up the facility to register “public” metaverse names that can be associated with high fidelity domains and locations. The fee will be $20 US per place name per annum. Just beforehand HiFi alpha testers had been allowed to register a couple of public place names to associate with their existing experimental domains and locations.
Our existing test domain was called hifi://Vue but publicly registered placenames are to be limited to between 4 and 64 characters in length. Hence the Vue domain currently running on host virtual1.aiai.ed.ac.uk was renamed to hifi://Openvue
A second domain currently running on virtual4.aiai.ed.ac.uk was renamed to hifi://OpenVCE
Open for Business
The registration of names to allow for people to connect to sites in the metaverse hosted on their own servers is clearly to be part of the business model for High Fidelity. 9th January 2015 marks the start of this roll out.