Sunday, November 27, 2016

2016 OSHG: Imagining the browser-viewer: A wormhole connecting the WWW to the virtual worlds

Imagining the browser-viewer: 
A wormhole connecting the WWW to the virtual worlds.  
Most people think of the World Wide Web as the internet.  So if we want most people to try our virtual worlds, we need to make an easy connection from the WWW to our place.   The browser-viewer can do that.  

This is now

  • You are browsing the internet.  
  • Oh, yes, there is lots more to the internet than you can see on your browser.
  • But your browser brings it to you.  
  • You see an article about some event that interests you.
  • Musical performance, presentation on how to cook a turkey, theatrical presentation of Shakespeare.
  • If it is on video, you just click the player to see it.  
  • If it is on a virtual world, you need to get into a virtual world to see it.  
  • Those of use in virtual worlds think that is easy.
  • Normal people find it intimidating, difficult, and a lot more trouble than it is worth.

This will be then (I hope)

  • You see an article about some event that interests you.
  • If it is on a virtual world you see an invitation:
  • "Type the name you want to use, pick the avatar you want, click enter."
  • Shazam! You avatar is there and someone is welcoming you.  
  • "Hi there [your name].  Glad you could come.  Have a seat.  Just click on a chair as you would with a button ona web page."
  • That welcome probably comes in voice and in text.  As does the rest of the start stuff.
  • "If you have any questions, just type them and we can see them. "
  • "Later we can work it out so you can talk to us if you have a headset with a microphone."
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  • (More after the break, scroll down!)
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Metaverse events, current and upcoming


Next WIP show TODAY

  • Next WIP show: Sun. Nov.27, Noon SLT 
  • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
  • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
  • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22

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My hope list (1st level, unregistered)

  • The viewer is available as an embeddable unit,
  • Embed, like the Google calendar or a YouTube video.
  • The embed can customize* the screen buttons and preference defaults.
  • The embedded viewer supports the things that beginners need to do.
  • Walk, sit, text, talk (voice), hear/see media, donate money.
  • The guest is like a visitor on tour. 
  • *Customizing lets us make things work the way we want them to work.
  • For example, we can turn on local music for a musical event.
  • We don't want to bother our guests with things we can fix with defaults. 
  • And all messages should be browser-friendly.  
  • We don't want guests to deal with firewalls and failed ports.

My hope list (2nd level, registered)

  • The guest must register on the hosting grid.
  • Preferably registration is also embedded on the web page.
  • The guest will enter with password and registered name.
  • Added features: inventory, inventory management, wear, give, receive, make friends, use private IM, teleport, buy.
  • Registering gives you a persistent inworld identity.  
  • The added features give you a reason to register.
  • You don't need to try to build yet.  

But suppose you want to build

  • You download and install a regular viewer.  
  • If that looks too complicated to you, you are not ready to start building. 
  • Drop in on an introductory building class or ask one of your friends for help.
  • And when you really want to build, download and install won't look too complicated.

The view from the website

  • If you run a website, you don't want to tell visitors to go to some other place.
  • They go off, but most of them won't come back.
  • In my blog, I want to be able to say:
  • "Here's this interesting place.  To go there, click the Enter button."
  • If you want to bring people to your place, you want to put that on your website.  
  • And tell them when they can find people at your place.

Related

Imaginary use cases

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              News and Notes

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                The Hypergrid WIP Show

                The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. Everyone is invited.  Building, scripting, promotion, entertainment-- whatever you are working on.
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                Presentations are in voice and text.  For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  Voice presentations may be captured in video.  Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog and elsewhere.

                Next WIP show

                • Next WIP show: Sun. Nov.27, Noon SLT 
                • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
                • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
                • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
                • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
                • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22
                • Narasnook  location (second Sunday of the month)
                • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
                • world.narasnook.com:8900
                • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
                • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora
                • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
                • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
                • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
                • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
                • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22

                        Previous Articles from the WIP show 

                        HG links-- depending on your interests 


                        Radio in the virtual world

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