Second Life: Next Generation Platform Update-VIII 2015

This is the ninth article in a series (3 Pages). In this one I touch on ACCESS. The ideas I gleaned from Ebbe Altberg’s, Linden Lab CEO, speech at VWBRE 2015 that touched on aspects of the coming Next Generation Platform (NGP) and what history I know of Second Life.

Silent conversations

Silent conversations by Kaelyn Alecto, on Flickr

I started this series with these articles:


Access for the Challenged

There different types of access in virtual worlds. One aspect of access is providing a user interface for those with various handicaps and disabilities. This becomes a broader and more interesting consideration when we factor in VR. At some level we will all be keyboard and mouse handicapped when using VR headsets. This may explain why Ebbe seems to see VR and PC’s as distinct platforms. 

Because of the keyboard-mouse issues with VR Headsets, a question was asked will NGP have voice commands, voice to text, and text to voice?

Ebbe says support for the blind is not currently on their list of immediate goals. I don’t take that as Ebbe moving away from support of that select demographic. But, he has to set priorities and get the basics working first.

Also, the text-based viewers that we have now are all third-party viewers. His thinking seems to be that third parties will be adding those features to NGP. So, those developers may be happy the Lab is not stepping on their business. Users… I never know what they are going to think. But, I do see adding vision impaired support as down the road and that has to be disappointing to some.

That thinking of third party developers handling the disabilities features suggests that at some point in a reasonable time we will have plug-ins or open source viewer code to work with. OR at least an explanation of the NGP server side API’s, so third parties can connect in some way.

The voice to text and text to voice is anticipated by Ebbe to be an easy add-on. So Ebbe thinks they might even use a third-party source to provide that, somewhat like they do for voice chat now. Or a third-party might add it on. Whatever, it seems to thought of as off the shelf technology.

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2 thoughts on “Second Life: Next Generation Platform Update-VIII 2015

  1. Voice is a bad way of communication, especially in virtual worlds and in roleplays ! Then we get to the point that using voice to text is not going to work very good too. Reading english is not so hard, or writing. But speak it so a voice translator understands it. Bad choice.

    It’s a shame that company’s not spend more time in keep software readable and workable.Especially virtual worlds.

    Reading all the posts, i can only make one conclusion if ebby don’t change fast some idea’s. Users can better move to opensim and if the can run there own sim. It’s much cheaper too.

    Yes, i get more and more dissapointed about the new things, because the are making the same mistakes again. Instead of doing itright from the begin. GOOD LARGE FONT SUPPORT ebby !

    • I am using a lot of voice to text apps now. They work amazingly well. Nuance sells Dragon Naturally Speaking and provides voice to text for various smart phones. So, going that direction is not a problem. In Word using commands makes dictation way faster than typing and clicking. I can speak a title and command ‘click Heading 2 new line’ to get a heading far faster than via keyboard and mouse.

      Your reading my ideas of what I think Ebbe thinks based on a very few comments. You, and the rest of us, have no full or certain idea what they are thinking or doing. But, if you want to choose to be a pessimist based on what we do have, you are free to do so.

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