Sansar Update: Full-Body Tracking, Avatar Scaling and More!

Today Linden Lab issued an update to the Sansar client software. It is now possible to add full-body tracking to your avatar by using Vive trackers. For example, you can add trackers to your hips and feet to show avatar leg movement that mimics your movements in the real world. (Here’s an example from VRChat.)

Vive Trackers

It’s just one of several avatar gameplay improvements:

Desktop Avatar Control options – Desktop users can now use two new settings to customize the way their Avatar moves with the Keyboard and Mouse.

Keyboard Turn – With this setting enabled the Avatar will turn left and right when pressing A/D (left/right) instead of strafing (sidestepping).

Face Forward – With this setting enabled the Avatar will always face the direction the camera is facing.

Note – Old default behavior was equivalent to Keyboard Turn = Off and Face Forward = On. New default behavior is the opposite.

Desktop throw indicator – Desktop users can now throw with ease with the new throw trajectory guide that will help to throw with accuracy. You can also use the mouse’s scroll wheel to manually adjust the strength/power of the throw.

Ability to crouch – Experience Sansar like no one ever has before. Use crouching to sneak up on your friends or squeeze below low ceilings.

Also, you can now scale your avatar up or down in size. The scale slider appears in the Lookbook under Settings:

You can grow your avatar up to 1.25 times the default size, or shrink him down to half-size! Avatar scale is saved with the outfits you save in your Lookbook, so if you toggle between avatars and outfits you also toggle between the scales set as a part of each one. So you can switch quickly between a tiny fairy and a large giant!

There’s much more in this latest release. You can read all the details here.

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Pictures from the Reggie Watts Concert in Sansar

We had over 120 avatars in attendance, which I think is a new record!

Here are some pictures I took of the event (I’m in the rainbow T-shirt with the rainbow wings):

The concert was wonderful!

UPDATED! Reggie Watts to Perform in Sansar April 25th

Reggie Watts, the well-known vocal artist, beatboxer, musician and comedian, will be performing at a show in Sansar tomorrow, April 25th, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time/Sansar time. And it’s free!

Reggie, who has already performed numerous times in AltspaceVR, will be performing a brand new live show:

Join comedian, musician, and voiceover artist REGGIE WATTS (The Late Late Show with James Corden, Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and so much more) as he pushes the limits of sound, space, and time with DISINFORMATION STRATEGIES: a brand new live show and virtual concert that anyone, anywhere in the world can attend. Your chance to not only get a front row seat to a DJ set from Reggie, but to experience live music in a bold, breathtaking, immersive new way – all without ever leaving your home! Sixty minutes. Infinite possibilities. 

You will need to install the Sansar client software on your computer and create an account to see this show. Here’s a guide on how to get started. On the day of the event, open up Sansar and navigate to the Atlas (look for the Go button on the left-hand-side menu). Once there, click on the DISINFORMATIONAL STRATEGIES experience to join. The doors will open up to 90 minutes ahead of the show.

See you there!

UPDATE April 25th: Here’s a brief promotional trailer for the upcoming event:

Sansar Pick of the Day/Sansar Outfit Outlay: Scorpion’s Lair

Scorpion has created a wonderfully evocative sci-fi experience in Sansar called Scorpion’s Lair. We visited it today on episode 85 (already?!) of Atlas Hopping with Drax and Solas, and it is so wonderful that I decided to make it my Sansar Pick of the Day. The major build is a dimly-lit cathedral-like space with a huge wind turbine where the altar would be found, all located in a fantasy landscape sharply lit from the horizon by a distant sun. Scorpion did a fantastic job creating this space!

I am also going to show off my brand new custom avatar, created by Medhue using his FullSpectrum avatar kit add-on for Blender:

My avatar is wearing:

Custom Avatar: Tyrone by Medhue (S$899 on the Sansar Store and worth every penny, in my opinion)

Dreads Hairstyle: Tentacion dreads by Fabeeo Breen (S$200 on the Sansar Store)

Shirt: black men’s relaxed button shirt by Debi Baskerville (S$50 on the Sansar Store)

Pants: striped charcoal grey slacks by Whystler (only S$5 on the Sansar Store!)

Shoes: male club shoes (which I believe are part of the default avatar clothing inventory in Lookbook)

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR: S$1,154 (about US$11.50 or CDN$15.40)