A Virtual Worlds Miscellany
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A Virtual Worlds Miscellany
A collection on virtual worlds, with emphasis on Second Life and the Open Simulator Worlds. Also, roleplay.
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Activision R&D demos hyper-realistic facial animation - Polygon

Activision R&D demos hyper-realistic facial animation - Polygon | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Activision R&D demos hyper-realistic facial animation
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"This animated character is being rendered in real-time on current video card hardware, using standard bone animation," writes Activision R&D.

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This is uncanny valley in the extreme.  You can see the distortion in the mouth area, but the flesh tones and eye movements are really good.  Really amazing.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 28, 2013 6:50 PM

Activision's research and development department has released a video demonstrating its new extremely realistic facial movement technology.

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It's almost scaring - it's so good.

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Emotes & Slow Motion Animation — JUICYBOMB Second Life ...

Emotes & Slow Motion Animation — JUICYBOMB Second Life ... | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Cajsa asked me to contribute my Emotes & Slow Motion Animation tutorial for the Blogger Carnival at SL9B exhibit, so I've decided to update the images, but the instructions are all the same. In the original tutorial from 2008, ...

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Selfridges launches a 3D virtual reality Fantasy Mirror

Selfridges launches a 3D virtual reality Fantasy Mirror | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Selfridges launches Fantasy Mirror  – The mirror is not an alternative to trying-on clothes, but an additional shopping experience Department store, it projects a virtual version of you wearing different clothing (in this case, high-end undies) and you don't need to take your actual clothes off!


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New World Notes: This Blender Plugin for Second Life Shapes Could Revolutionize Machinima (And Revitalize Your Avatar)

New World Notes: This Blender Plugin for Second Life Shapes Could Revolutionize Machinima (And Revitalize Your Avatar) | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style Machinima-makers and hardcore avatar-customizers alike have a new toy to play with... Provided they aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and dive into Blender to use it.

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I tried Blender a couple of years ago, but it never worked right for me.  This may inspire me to try again.

 

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Amazing: This Blender Plugin for Second Life Shapes Could Revolutionize Machinima (And Revitalize Your Avatar)
Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 28, 2013 2:26 PM

Machinima-makers and hardcore avatar-customizers alike have a new toy to play with...

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How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies - CNET

How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies - CNET | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

How Amazon is changing the rules for books and moviesCNETThe online retail giant is tapping its huge customer base and vast technical underpinnings to reshape the way books, movies, and television programs are made.


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dolittlesaymuch's comment, May 22, 2012 10:55 AM
I've been involved with professional writers and writers groups for years, and I can guarantee that these changes are already sweeping the industry. While the new paradigm is still in flux, we already see signs of it settling into a very beneficial state--beneficial for writers and readers alike. New York's "Big 6" publishers no longer dictate which and what type of new books hit the market. And as a result, so much of the "formula fiction" that has bored this reader for far too long will slowly disappear from the mainstream radar.