The new Islandz grid has been under development during the past few months since the closure of the former InWorldz grid back in late July 2018. There has been a lot of good progress made in recent weeks. It’s been interesting following the all the latest updates through the Islandz Discord channel.
According to Jim Tarber this week user accounts opting in and new user registrations could happen in just a few days time which would be great news for the community. Region sales are a couple of weeks away. When the new grid opens there will be a big party.
The new Islandz grid will be running on Halcyon which will have mesh apparently. Hopefully the new Islandz grid will be open to the public in early November 2018 or sooner.
No set date has been announced yet.
The wait is almost over. I will post more updates soon.
Jason Gholston has officially left Sansar and Linden Lab this month after six years. Jason has started his new job as a creative director at Speech Graphics in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jason will be working on providing accurate avatar lip-syncing and facial animations which sounds very interesting indeed.
In Second Life
Jason joined Linden Lab back in April 2012 and led the Second Life maintenance engineering team with a main focus on customer retention and quality of service. Jason worked on managing the Oculus Rift integration with Second Life.
Jason then worked on Sansar developing social VR experiences on the Sansar platform for clients like Intel and Warner Bros. He worked on creating the Unity prototypes used to greenlight the development of Sansar.
Jason was the product manager at Sansar and he was responsible for management of the monthly releases of Sansar. From the engine, rendering, audio, level editor, terrain editor, VR level editor, avatar simulation and content pipeline teams. Jason hosted weekly VR meetups at the beginning in Sansar with the community to gather feedback, help troubleshoot issues and provide tutorials.
Jason Initiated and negotiated unique tech partnerships and content commissions valued over $2 million.
Good luck Jason 🙂