Signing up to High Fidelity Open Alpha


Today I decided to sign up to High Fidelity Open  Alpha for the first time and as many know already I love testing/trying out early new developments out. Firstly its worth going to the Sign up page to create a account and get started. Then you should receive a email soon after to verify your email. Then you should get another email saying “Alpha: You’re in! What’s next?” with a simple checklist.

The simple checklist gives you many options to get started including watching tutorial videos, downloading the interface, setting up your own domain using the Stack Manager, registering place names and for discussions visit the Alpha Forums.

Downloading the interface takes up around 40MB and each build may change in size. Once installed, log in and start your High Fidelity Open Alpha experience. Again this is a very early alpha and it’s not finished yet.

At this stage it’s worth watching High Fidelity video tutorials and reading the High Fidelity documentation to learn more. :)

High Fidelity Open Alpha

My first ever look at High Fidelity Open Alpha

High Fidelity Open Alpha

The interface on High Fidelity Open Alpha

I hope that this helps when you sign up to High Fidelity Open Alpha. I will blog more on HF and share more snapshots soon.

High Fidelity Open Alpha Phase starts


Philip Rosedale announced on Wednesday 1st April that High Fidelity has moved into the early open alpha phase. Please note that this is a very early release with loads of bugs in it and that many things need to be improved. If you love testing early developments then this is something for you to try out.

In recent weeks invites have been sent out to start testing High Fidelity and I’m glad it’s moved into the open alpha phase. I have signed up today to High Fidelity and I will publish what I think soon.

High Fidelity’s open source software is now available for early alpha use, enabling you to download client and server installers, deploy your own domain servers, create user accounts, register unique placenames, and start building and experimenting.

This is a very early release, and High Fidelity is still very much a work in progress. The look and visual quality is far from complete, and big things like avatar movement animation and physics are still not in place. There are lots of bugs to fix, and content formats will continue to change. But enough systems are now functional to make us feel that High Fidelity is useful for some types of work, experimentation, and exploration. Having run a small and controlled early alpha to iron out the really show-stopping bugs, we’re now eager to engage a larger group and recruit open source contributions from other developers working on building the metaverse.

You can download the client and server installers, create domain servers, create user accounts and start building in this early open alpha phase. There is a alpha version of the High Fidelity marketplace where you can find scripts, building materials, avatars and much more. There is work being done to add payment systems in the near future.

You can create your own virtual world by downloading and running the Stack Manager.  The client software that you use to enter your world or those others have created is available by running Interface, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.  We are working on a GearVR/Android version as well, but it isn’t ready yet.

You can build content by importing models and using JavaScript to create interactive objects and behaviors.  You can communicate with your voice and with facial expressions, and you can optionally use the Oculus Rift HMD and other input devices like the Razer Hydra to touch and edit the world.   We will also support the HTC Vive HMD and hand controllers as soon as they are available.

3D Audio is operational:  If you are using a high-quality headset, you can hear other people and objects in the environment at their correct locations, with very low latency, and with the echoes of your own voice off the virtual walls.  Sounds can also be made by interactive objects in-world, and audio is mixed together by a server node so that many people can talk together without increasing the audio bit-rate each person receives.

Avatars can be created with a variety of characteristics, whose faces are animated in real time using both head motion and audio (for HMD users) or more highly detailed expressions gathered from a depth-camera  (for desktop users), as you can see in this video from our recent funding announcement:

The transition from the alpha phase to the beta phase will happen within the year or so bringing greater stability along with much more. For now it’s a work in progress and its far from complete.

You can expect continuous and substantial changes as we complete new features; we will likely break content as we continue to design and experiment.   The transition from ‘alpha’ to ‘beta’, which we expect will happen over a year or so, will signal greater stability in the content formats.  But as an open source project with contributions from many developers and with a broad set of features working, we think the time is right to open things up completely for early use.

For the latest news on High Fidelity visit the blog to stay updated.

InWorldz officially turns six years old today


InWorldz 6th Birthday Celebration

Today marks InWorldz official 6th birthday and it’s time to celebrate six amazing years of the InWorldz grid. To mark this special occasion the IW Birthday Bash will be happening today at 12pm SLT until 2pm SLT today hosted by DJ Wolf Hartnell over at the InWorldz Main Stage. Don’t miss this!

It’s InWorldz 6th birthday! If you didn’t hear our sexy-voiced event manager Wolf at the Winterfest auction, you have missed a treat! Don’t miss your chance to catch him spinning his eclectic mix of tunes at the Main Stage, for our first event on the day of the InWorldz anniversary!

With Community All Things are Possible!

Check out my IW6 snapshots here and please spread the word around the metaverse about InWorldz 6th Birthday! :)

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Today’s Events for Wednesday 1st April 2015

InWorldz 6th Birthday Celebration 1a

Here is the InWorldz 6th Birthday Map Sim Layout

IW6 Sim Layout

Happy 6th Birthday InWorldz! 

Springfest 2015 Press Release


Springfest 2015

Here is the press release and poster for the upcoming Springfest 2015 event in Second Life. The event will open to the public on Friday 3rd April 2015 from 8am SLT through until 5th April. This year Springfest 2015 matches the futuristic theme for the 2015 RFL of SL season “The Future is Now”.

Check out the event schedule here. See below for more details!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCH 31, 2015

SPRINGFEST 2015

DATES: APRIL 3 TO 5, 2015

WEBSITE:https://tcrelayers.wordpress.com/springfest-2015-schedule/

LOCATION: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sutton%20Place/145/108/21

Springfest 2015 will take place on April 3 to 5, 2015. Springfest 2015 has a space theme to match the futuristic theme of the 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life season “The Future is Now” theme. This event will feature over 20 Relay For Life of Second Life teams, who have joined together to provide three days of cancer fundraising in 4 space themed areas! Activities include live djs, performers, a space carnival, 7seas Fishing, Bumper Boats, and paintball!

Vending areas are also set up, with many items up for sale, raffle, and auction! 100% proceeds at Springfest will go to Relay For Life of Second Life, an official charity of the American Cancer Society!

A complete schedule of teams and events can be found at the following link: https://tcrelayers.wordpress.com/springfest-2015/

About Relay For Life of Second Life:

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life for 10 years. In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life

(RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the

American Cancer Society. As of July 2014 RFL Of SL ranks number 17th out of 5000 teams worldwide in donations received. We have brought in over 2 million US dollars to help with the fight against cancer. This year our Relay weekend will be held on July 17th and 18th.


About the American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year.  We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. As the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit

investor in cancer research, we’re finding cures and ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit cancer.org or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.


For More Information:

https://tcrelayers.wordpress.com/springfest-2015-schedule/

www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.org

www.cancer.org/involved/participate/relayforlife/second-life

Please spread the word about Springfest 2015 and lets continue to fundraise for cancer awareness and research during 2015. :)

BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2015: Balance opens today in Second Life


BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2015

BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2015

BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2015: Balance opens today at 10am SLT  over at the BURN2 Burning Man region in Second Life. The weekend event runs until 10am SLT on Sunday 29th March 2015. There will be live DJ events, drumming, and live entertainment during this weekend.

There will be friendly and helpful greeters at the gates ready to help out and ensure that everyone has a nice welcoming experience. Let’s celebrate Balance!

Balance – Equinox is the time when the day and night are of equal length, it is also the start of both Spring and Autumn. In the virtual world we can mix all things together, so we can have bats flying down to sip the nectar from the new spring flowers in the daytime, or autumn leaves transforming into butterflies at night. As always our only limitation is our imagination.

Spread the word about BURN2 Burnal Equinox 2015: Balance and come over this weekend. :)

IW6 Then and Now Museum


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There will be a special event happening at IW6 between 1:30pm to 3:30pm PDT on Friday 27th March 2015 over at the IW6 Then and Now Museum. Featuring Bardic Storytelling, poem tellings, brief stories and much more. This event will be moderated by the illustrious Bard Aoife Lorefield of the fabled Seanchai Library, which has just established its presence InWorldz at Sendalonde.

IW6 Then and Now Museum is a trip down memory lane where you can look at many historical pictures and info boards of InWorldz past and current community. Walk from station to station to discover the history of InWorldz.

IW6 Then and Now Museum

InWorldz 6th Birthday starts today from 11:45am PDT


 IW6 Welcome / Info Area

Happy 6th Birthday, InWorldz.

Today marks the start of InWorldz 6th birthday celebrations and to mark this special occasion there will be entertainment and festivities through until 2nd April 2015. The theme for InWorldz 6th birthday is Community – Then and Now. The tag line is With Community All Things are Possible!. There are over 40 sims to explore this year full of fantastic art, build designs, exhibit experiences and much more.

IW6 Welcome Info Area

IW6 Welcome Info Area

InWorldz 6th Birthday Event Schedule 

The grand opening to InWorldz 6th Birthday starts at 11:45am PDT on Friday 27th March 2015 with birthday announcements from EC and a special water show, DJd by Astoria Luminos over at the Water Show Amphitheatre.

See the full events schedule here. :)

IW6 Main Stage

IW6 Water Show Amphitheatre

InWorldz 6th Birthday Sim Layout

Here is the sim layout for InWorldz 6th Birthday Celebrations.

IW6 Sim Layout

IW6 Sim Layout

Spread the word, signup/log into the InWorldz grid and visit the 6th IW6 birthday sims. It’s time to celebrate 6 amazing years of InWorldz. :D