Ebbe Altberg at Collision Conference

This is an audio of Ebbe’s speech, with some still pictures, on VR at the conference and 11 minutes in some video. The TL:DR is VR is going to be BIG. By 2025 it should be generating US$80 billion. 15 minutes.

This is a good speech for those that have no idea what VR is or how it will be used. For those of us in SL and those that have followed Ebbe’s interviews, we already know pretty much everything said.

Ebbe does use a chart of the number of photos being taken from 1930 to today. With the introduction of cameras into phones the number has exploded. Thus turning the graph into a hockey stick. They expect use of VR to create the same up-turn in use of 3D media.

Ebbe reveals they have been working with the Sorbonne University, Insight Digital, and the Department of Antiquities of Egypt. They made a model of an Egyption tomb with 50 million polygons. The Lab reduced that to 40,000 polygons and made a usable VR experience of the tomb. You’ll see a glimpse in the video section.

About 11 minutes in we see what I think is the first video clicps from within Project Sansar.

Second Life: Drax & Ebbe Interview

The Drax Files Radio Hour w/Jo Yardley is covering SVVR 2016 (Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference and Expo). Their first part of the coverage is out: show #114. (28 minutes audio) Check out the pictures there.

The new stuff is:

Currently still 100% Maya for creation

  • By opening they will support Blender and other modeling programs.
  • More details on in-world building
  • Edit mode is currently a single person environment
  • Multi-user collaborative building is being – will be added
  • Long discussion on what is creation
  • Discussion on business-friendship relation between Philip Rosedale and Ebbe Altberg.
  • More on identity and anonymity
  • Targeting/tracking only for how Sansar is used, not marketing
  • More detail on financial model
  • This fall avatars and clothes will be very limited Avatar 1.0 then by 2017 Avatar 5.0

Lots to learn. Drax asked the questions to pull more details from Ebbe. Worth the 30 minutes to hear.

Ebbe on VR

Bloomberg Business talked about Virtual Reality (VR) a few days ago. In the show was a few minutes with Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab CEO. The discussion of VR starts about 10:30m in.

My take away is that gaming adoption of VR is going to be slow. Mostly because of cost. Other uses of VR are likely to lead the adoption race. Medical and military use seem to be the leading fields for VR adoption.

In other news, the Oculus Rift is already behind the tech curve. Seems Sony is adding features to their Playstation implementation of the headset that Oculus don’t yet support. Wouldn’t that be an upset?

Also, Unreal has added in world modeling. You can build your game/world inside the world. Very Second-Life-ish. So, does that put them ahead of Linden Lab? I doubt it. I still give the edge to the Lab based on their experience with virtual worlds and economies.

Ebbe’s Speech Shaking Things

Linden Lab’s CEO Ebbe Altberg spoke at VWBPE 2016, Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. There are some interesting points made in the speech. Some are changes and others are just making it more clear what the Lab is planning with Project Sansar®.

For about 12 minutes Ebbe was talking about Second Life™ and Project Sansar. Then the question and Answer part starts. The moderators were doing an excellent job of focusing questions. That got lots of ground covered.

I’ve done my summary style index. Paraphrasing. And I’ve added links into the video for those things I think have impact.

The most impactful thing I took away from this Q&A is how often Ebbe implies and says Project Sansar and the final resulting product will not be a replacement for Second Life. He provides way more information on why not. If you’re an educator, you may well be keeping your projects in SL with… I’ll say… links to very focused experiences in Sansar. Continue reading

In the News: Project Sansar

Daniel Voyager has an article up pointing to an interview by Ryan Matthew Pierson with Ebbe Altberg, Linden CEO, and Peter Gray, Linden marketing. See: Linden Lab’s Project Sansar and the Future of Virtual Reality. The article is about what is required for Virtual Reality (VR) to go mainstream.

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The TL:DR is that Second Life did not catch on because the rewards of Second Life didn’t cover the cost of the learning curve, in people’s perception. The article puts that much more convincing worlds.

Ryan covers how Sansar will be different and that it targets the ‘developer/game maker’ rather than the user. But, he never answers the question implied by the first half of the article.

So, interesting, but no great insights.

Danial writes far more about the article from the perspective of a resident of Second Life™ that lives through the times being discussed. (Click Daniel’s name at the top of this article.)

Project Sansar: Democratizing?

Over on SLUniverse Han Held quotes Prokofy ripping on the idea of Project Sansar® being a democratizing force in Virtual Reality (VR). I would send Prokofy glasses, but I doubt she’ll ever see the world anywhere near the way I do. But, she does raise the question of whether Project Sansar can democratize VR. That is worth addressing.

The Village & BarDeco

The Village & BarDeco

So, first what is democratization? Merriam-Webster defines the word as; to make (a country or organization) more democratic, an alternate defintion:  to make (something) available to all people or said another way: to make it possible for all people to understand (something). Continue reading

Second Life & Sansar: What did we learn?

A Lab Chat meeting with Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab CEO, was yesterdays (1/21) big event. We learned new things about Second Life™ and Project Sansar. We are starting to see reaction from a few to the new information.

Lab Chat - 2016-01-21

Lab Chat – 2016-01-21

I am paraphrasing what I heard on the audio and I’ve shortened it. For some questions the answers were repeating what was said earlier. So, I’ve included time marks to you can easily find the actual statements in the audio stream. I have also expanded on what Ebbe says from what I believe is implied. Take that with however much salt you feel is appropriate.  Continue reading

Second Life in the News Week 3

Annie Gaus, a reporter for the San Francisco Business Times has written In virtual reality, Second Life prepares for its second act. Annie interviews Ebbe Altberg. Starting with Second Life as a virtual world and moving into talk about Project Sansar.

Nothing new here to those following Sansar in the SL Blogosphere. But, it is a nice article.

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