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Virtual Worlds 2008 Conference Recap

What a jam packed week it was in LA this week at the Virtual Worlds conference. I am beyond sorry to have missed it but folks did a great job of blogging and tweeting about the activities so it felt like I was there. Here is my list of the most interesting announcements made during the conference.

  • Myrl launched their open beta promoting outeroperability between 19 virtual worlds: read now
  • Congrats to IBM for their award for Innovation in Virtual Worlds for the Enterprise. During the conference IBMs integration of Sametime with Second Life was announced: read now
  • Rivers Run Red and Second Life enter a partnership to develop enterprise virtual world collaboration tools: read now
  • The U.S. Air Force published the RFP for their ambitious virtual world effort, MyBase: read now
  • Vivaty announced Firefox support for scenes: read now
  • What did you think was the most exciting or interesting announcement?

    Two Must Do’s In Second Life Now

    1. Get your Second Life Facebook account activated.Second Life on Facebook There are two applications that are relatively easy to communicate with your friends on Facebook either in RL or SL. Second Friends is tailored to work on your Facebook profile once you have added the app on Facebook and acquired a personal key at a SL kiosk on Eduserv Island. This will allow you to feature your Avatar photo on your RL Facebook profile and check on your friend’s status in SL.Second Life Link on FacebookThe set up and app functions are basically the same as Second Friends but goes a few steps farther. In this case there are two ways to get access to your personal key. Either in SL on Facebook or in RL. Your friends in Facebook get the opportunity if they wish to join SL from Facebook. You can now have the choice to contact friends from RL or SL as well see if they are on or offline and post the home of your favorite SL landmark in your Facebook profile. (This will get interesting when some one flings some food). LOL2. Attend SLCC 2008 VirtuallySecond Life Community ConventionThe 2008 SLCC will happen in Tampa, Florida from September 5th – 7th. The 2008 SLCC is an opportunity for people of all interests to learn about the many activities within the Metaverse. This convention is an opportunity to present and share ideas, learn about new and interesting technologies and to explore what others are accomplishing within Second Life. There are 3 regions inWorld which will be opened to the public on Saturday and Sunday where you can come sit with fellow residents and listen to the Second Life Convention Streams.SLCC-Business SLurl: 137/128/28SLCC-Community 1 SLurl: 201/136/129/28SLCC-Community 2 SLurl: 202/128/129/28

    Virtual in the Cloud? Cinematic quality 3D rendering in a browser? For real?

    So last week a lil’ ol’ controversy cropped up regarding a video that LivePlace, owned by Brad Greenspan of MySpace fame, posted but says wasn’t supposed to be posted or made public…alas it got out there and the virtual community went a bit nuts trying to answer the question queried with the video,”Live or Virtually Live?” Read the blow-by-blow on TechCrunch.The video showed a virtual city that was billed as generated using the OTOY rendering system. While LivePlace and what it is, is still TBD and ambiguous, the OTOY technology behind it is 100% real and very exciting. OTOY is a technology that moves 3D gaming rendering to the cloud, which would enable superior graphics on old computers and handheld devices where 3D rendering has traditionally not been possible or a good experience. The only unfortunate I see with this concept (well depending on how you look at it, as it is certainly memorable) is the acronym, GaaS…gaming as a service. Watch OTOY in action…Not to knock any of the web based virtual worlds out there but this technology is just kicking their butts if you want a realistic, graphically rich environment…ala Second Life…but via your browser instead of an application. Not to say that the not as graphically intensive/less photo-realistic 3D web based destinations don’t have merit. I am eager to explore all these options to learn and see what types of audiences these spaces draw and how they differ and/or are the same. Hence the reasons we are hosting our Google Lively event next Tuesday, August 26th from 0900-1100 PDT; learn more about and join the event.With all this 3D web enabled, cloud driven graphic rendering and what not I can’t help but wonder does this signal the beginning of the end for all those walled garden gaming consoles? Could I really be looking at reducing my power draw, and I mean significantly so, in the near future by reducing the stack of gaming machines I have to just the single PC? Now before you folks reading this get all crazy, I realize the PC takes up more power than my Wii and is comparable to my XBOX 360 and PS3 when compared one to one but if I could eliminate all three and have just the PC different story…read for yourself. Pretty sure my sister would be ecstatic if this would happen as then my nephew might not be clamoring for an upgrade every time a new console launches and he could do his homework on it as well. Would that be the perfect gaming world?

    Easier Finding and Comparing has recently updated its Product Advisor to include the latest specs on routers, switches, security, and wireless. The interactive tool allows you to select the desired networking product and environment and provides a list of product recommendations based on your preferences. Here’s a picture:imageWhat’s more, once you’ve narrowed your search to a few products, you can compare the recommended products on a feature-by-feature basis. imageThe results from the Cisco Product Advisor tool may be used for further research and to promote productive discussions with your Cisco partner, account manager, or sales representative.We’ve made the Product Advisor available from the main Routers, Switches, Wireless, and Security pages on (see the link on the right side of those pages), and we will be giving it more visual prominence soon so it’s even easier to find and access.Notes:- Some highly configurable products aren’t listed because they’re harder to choose via just a few parameters.- Links to specific product types: Routers, Switches, Security, Wireless Enjoy!

    Cisco Gets Lively and the 2008-2009 TechChat Schedule

    I have gotten a lot of comments and emails from folks lately asking if we have closed shop in Second Life. The resounding answer is NO, just taking a break after Cisco Live. I think we burnt the candle at both ends for that event and it is taking a while to recuperate, lol. So to lay any fears to rest about our long term intentions in Second Life I am please to publish the September 2008 – May 2009 Cisco Live in Second Life TechChat schedule.The schedule for Cisco Live Second Life TechChats is as follows:25 September 2008 “Secure Unified Communications”21 October 2008 “Enterprise Class Teleworker (ECT)”20 November 2008 “Cisco Application eXtension Platform (AXP)”16 December 2008 “Identity Enabled Networks”27 January 2009 “ASR 20G”26 February 2009 “DLP”24 March 2009 “The Secure Data Center”14 May 2009 “SAFE”Couple of questions for you folks reading this:1) Any time in particular you prefer for these events, we have held them at 1200 PDT in the past but I wonder if our European friends would like an earlier time so they could attend?2) Any subjects not on the list that you are keen to hear more technical information on?I will post more details on the September 25th TechChat closer to the event date. Of course, for those who can’t join us in-world for the TechChat it will be streamed live to this blog as well as to the Cisco Live Virtual events page. I am very excited to announce that on the Cisco Live Virtual events page you will not only be able to watch the live stream but you will be able to participate in the back chat to ask questions of our speakers and network with your fellow attendees!

    Now let’s get Lively… Read More »