Category Archives: Virtual World

Make Avatar – Resources

This blog post is to provide resources and access links for Make Avatar (MakeAvatar™) by Haptic Monkey – a tool to create an avatar and its clothing which can be exported as a JSON (.json) file or to .glb (binary … Continue reading

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Vircadia – Resources

Vircadia is the continuation of the previous work by High Fidelity (see my earlier blog posts). This blog post is to provide resources and access links for Vircadia – https://vircadia.com Download: https://vircadia.com/download-vircadia/ User Dashboard: https://dashboard.vircadia.com/ Documents: https://docs.vircadia.com/ Vircadia Interface Vircadia … Continue reading

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Hypergrid Safari

Hypergrid Safari (HG Safari) is a group formed in 2014 as a successor the original Hypergrid Adventurers Club formed in 2010. members gather at a jump off location on OpenSim grids and visit a couple of grid or sites at … Continue reading

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Open Metaverse Interoperability (OMI)

This blog post is to provide resources and access links for initiatives related to virtual worlds and metaverse interoperability including avatar appearance and world content. https://omigroup.org – Bridging virtual worlds by designing and promoting shared protocols. I have previously blogged … Continue reading

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Decentraland – Resources

This blog post is to provide resources and access links for Decentraland – https://decentraland.org. decentraland.org Decentraland Market Decentraland FAQ Temporary (Guest) login is possible without registering, but the avatar appearance, etc is only kept locally in your browser for that … Continue reading

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Meta – Resources

This blog post is to provide resources and access links for Meta (meta.com – previously Facebook) and its Metaverse developments. Announcement at Facebook Connect 2021 on 28th October 2021: Mark Zuckerberg Talk (YouTube): Keynote by John Carmack at Facebook Connect … Continue reading

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Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

Expo 2020 (https://www.expo2020dubai.com) opened in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates with an opening ceremony on 30th September 2021 and will be open for six months from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022. A “Virtual Expo 2020” runs alongside … Continue reading

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Global Youth Engineering Climate Conference 2021

The Global Youth Engineering Climate Conference 2021 (GYECC21) online virtual event took place on 7th and 8th September 2021 with exhibits and facilities being available thereafter until 12-Nov-2021. Over 4,000 attendees for some 100 countries joined the event. Use #GYECC21 … Continue reading

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360° Snapshots in Second Life

On 21st October 2021, the 360° Snapshot “Project Viewer” became a Release candidate as version 6.5.0.564863. Since 2016 a Second Life “Project Viewer” has been under development by Linden Lab that allows for the creation of 360° snapshots in Second … Continue reading

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Re-Vue

This blog post is to support a short project to have University of Edinburgh Information Services (IS) folks get started with (or return to) Second Life as part of the handover of some of the work with the Virtual University … Continue reading

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Clever Zebra – OpenSim Assets

The OpenVCE project (http://openvce.net) contracted with Clever Zebra to produce the OpenVCE collaboration region virtual world assets for Second Life and OpenSim. Those assets are available under the Lesser GPL open source licence via http://openvce.net/resources/downloads/ or http://vue.ed.ac.uk/resources/open.ed/. The original Clever … Continue reading

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Open Educational Resources – Vue and OpenVCE

This is a blog post to support resources from the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) and Open Virtual Collaboration Environment (OpenVCE) activities to make them available on http://open.ed.ac.uk. Contact – Stephanie Farley (Charlie). Downloads available are in http://vue.ed.ac.uk/resources/open.ed/ See https://open.ed.ac.uk/virtual-world-simulator-platform-resources/ … Continue reading

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New (Virtual) University of Edinburgh

Austin Tate has acted as the Coordinator for the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) since 2007 and acts as the administrator for the various collaboration facilities. These notes are intended as resources to assist in the transition of the assets … Continue reading

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Hubs by Mozilla

Mozilla Hubs is a virtual collaboration platform that runs in a web browser on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. It can support wireless standalone VR headsets. Desktop VR setups like the Oculus Rift are supported via a WebVR compatible browser … Continue reading

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AIAI Virtual World Social Space

Quickstart: Get an OpenSim avatar at http://osgrid.org if you don’t already have one. Download and install the Firestorm Viewer. Login and look round, you usually arrive at an OSGrid Plaza. Follow the arrows on the floor to get an orientation … Continue reading

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Virtual World Best Practice in Education 2020

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OpenStorm – Resources

Update: 15-Jan-2020 – OpenStorm has not been made available in binary form for some time and it was last updated on GitHub back in November 2019. OpenStorm should not be used as it does not have necessary Bakes on Mesh … Continue reading

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Sansar with Avatar 2.0

Linden Lab updated Sansar to use a new richer avatar skeleton referred to as “Avatar 2.0”. Sansar.com Website Sansar YouTube Channel Twitter Feed – @SansarOfficial Quests and Tutorials

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Ai Austin Mk 2

A bit of a refresh of the Ai Austin avatar which I have been using in Second Life and OpenSim since 2006… Ai Austin Mk. 1 Ai’s original skin was a gift back in 2006 from a fellow educator who … Continue reading

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Pangea Roleplay on OpenSim Metropolis Grid

I have blogged before about the Pandora Universe group in Second Life which offers role play based on the “Avatar” film directed by James Cameron and based on Pandora, a moon of Alpha Centauri and the Na’vi that inhabit the … Continue reading

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Bakes on Mesh – Resources

This is a blog post to collect together resources related to the Bakes on Mesh [BoM] feature for Second Life and OpenSim. Bakes on Mesh facilities allow mesh avatars to be used with standard avatar skins, tattoos, alpha masks and … Continue reading

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Skydiving at Ai Pad in Second Life

Following me setting up a base in a houseboat on the New Linden Home Continent of Bellisseria in Second Life, I have been trying out a few vehicles, and thought I would reactivate my old Skydiving setup back from when … Continue reading

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Virtual World Avatar to be Next President

Following the success of film stars, comedians and others in recent popularity driven elections… a Non-Player Character avatar in the virtual world OpenSimulator is to be nominated as the next President of the USA. A spokesman in the UK said.. … Continue reading

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Dual Universe

I am a Kickstarter Funder for the emerging MMO orientated Dual Universe platform. Dual Universe Alpha 1 usage is subject to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) so this blog post only provides useful links and publicly posted images and videos by … Continue reading

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Dreamgrid – Outworldz Dreamworld – OpenSimulator

Dreamgrid is an easy to use OpenSim platform created by Fred Beckhusen, aka Ferd Frederix. It includes MySQL, Dynamic DNS name provision, OpenSim (usually based on recent Dev Master code), Diva’s WiFi admin interface and a wide range of add … Continue reading

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OpenSimulator Community Conference 2018 – OSCC18

The OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC18) ran again this year on December 8th to 9th, 2018 and was once again organised and run by Avacon.

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glTF

Robert Adams (Misterblue) has created the “Convoar” tool to convert OpenSim OAR files into glTF (GL Transmission Format). The following blog post goes into more detail. http://blog.misterblue.com/2018/2018-07-01-Convoar-and-Converting-OARS Robert explained to me that Convoar grew out of his personal project on … Continue reading

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Elf Clan

Elf Clan is one of the oldest and largest virtual world fantasy role play groups. It has held lands in Second Life and various OpenSim grids. Its most recent home is on OSGrid but with affiliated Elf-themed regions on any … Continue reading

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High Fidelity – Load Test – 7 Sept 2018

A load test of the High Fidelity virtual world platform took place on 7th September 2018 and at least 356 avatars were in world in the same location at peak. A lot of different tests and exercises were run, including … Continue reading

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Fallingwater

Fallingwater in southwestern Pennsylvania is a vacation home designed in 1935 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and often thought to be one of the finest buildings of the 20th Century. A lovely 3D openly accessible and modifiable model of the … Continue reading

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