Sinespace/Breakroom News: Matthew Ball Metaverse Road Map Event Today; Pictures from Last Night’s Zombie Ball

Don’t forget that venture capitalist and metaverse writer Matthew Ball will be speaking at an event in Breakroom (Sinespace’s corporate cousin) today, Thursday, October 21st, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time/GMT or noon Pacific Standard Time/PST. You can register for the event here, through EventBrite (it’s free). When you register, you will receive an email message with a special link you must click on to load the web-based Breakroom app in your web browser (which works surprisingly well, based on past Fireside Chats in the series!). More details here.

Here are some pictures I took this morning of the venue; the first shot shows you the user interface, which I think you’ll find very similar to the layout of the Sinespace client. (One of the things I like the most about Sinespace/Breakroom is that I can adjust my avatar’s shape to more closely resemble the real-world Ryan Schultz!)


Your intrepid embedded reporter also attended the Zombie Ball last night in Sinespace—and won 1,000 Gold (Sinespace’s currency) in a random draw! Here are some pictures I took at the event; please click on each thumbnail to see it in a larger size:


This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here). 

Matthew Ball and the Metaverse Road Map: A Fireside Chat in Breakroom on October 21st, 2021

In case you haven’t noticed, the metaverse is suddenly having a moment.

Ever since Facebook announced that they were repivoting to become a “metaverse” company, things have gotten a little bit crazy around here. As Tony Parisi writes:

In the wake of Facebook’s new positioning as a Metaverse company, execs at a multitude of tech and media outfits have put it front and center of their strategy, or are at least saying they have a Metaverse strategy. Leading the pack are game engine companies like my employer Unity and graphics chip powerhouses such as NVIDIA. These companies are laying the groundwork by delivering miraculous real-time 3D tech on a regular basis, and they are built on solid business models delivering significant commercial value. They will indeed be foundational for the Metaverse. But these days you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an ad agency or tech startup that has the word Metaverse in a strategy deck, too. Sensing a Next Big Thing, people don’t want to have to play catch-up like they did with the Internet or mobile. Mind you, the term Metaverse isn’t new, nor is the vision, despite various attempts at rewriting history. But now that His Eminence has given voice to it, the Metaverse exists by fiat. So let it be written; so let it be done. And everyone is pouring in.

At a time when the word “metaverse” is being flung around everywhere by everybody (including by quite a few johnny-come-latelies who really have no idea what they are talking about), it’s important to listen to people who who were around before this sudden hype cycle. Among those people is venture capitalist Matthew Ball, whose well-known article The Metaverse: What It Is, Where to Find it, Who Will Build It, and Fortnite, provides some thoughtful insight and perspective on the topic.

Matthew Ball (picture source)

And it just so happens that the next speaker scheduled in the Fireside Chats series is none other than Matthew Ball himself! According to the official announcement:

Sine Wave Entertainment is honored to welcome Metaverse visionary Matthew Ball for a virtual fireside chat within Breakroom, our metaverse platform for real-life events. Author of the influential “Metaverse Primer“, lead creator of the Ball Metaverse Index, his insights and investments have shaped the business world’s understanding of what he calls a “successor state to the mobile internet”.

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Matthew, co-hosted by two leading journalists of the Metaverse era [Gene Park of the Washington Post and Wagner James Au of New World Notes].

Topics to be discussed include:

• What are the key Metaverse trends to watch for in the next 5-10 years?
• Will it wind up being dominated by the Internet giants?
• Is there more to the Metaverse beyond entertainment?
• Where do blockchain and VR fit into the technology’s future?• How will the Metaverse remake culture and business?

You can register for the event here, through EventBrite (it’s free). It takes place on Thursday, October 21se, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time/GMT or noon Pacific Standard Time/PST. When you register, you will receive an email message with a special link you have to click on to load the web-based Breakroom app in your web browser.

It promises to be a fascinating discussion, and one you won’t want to miss!


This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here). 

Breakroom Special Event on July 7th, 2021: Dr. Jeevan Perera, Dr. Walter Greenleaf, and Dr. Stephen Goldberg Speak About Mental Health in the Workplace

On Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. PST/6:00 p.m. BST, please join the following guest speakers in Sinewave Entertainment’s Breakroom (the corporate cousin of their social VR/virtual world platform Sinespace), who will be speaking on the topic, The Coping Strategies Astronauts Use for Working in Isolation, and How to Apply Them in the Workplace:

  • Dr. Jeevan Perera, an aerospace engineer with the U.S. space program;
  • Dr. Walter Greenleaf, a neuroscientist at Stanford University; and
  • Dr. Stephen Goldberg, a psychiatrist with the Mental Health Association, Maryland.

Here’s a brief description of the talk:

With increased numbers of companies adopting hybrid/remote work models, employee well-being and mental health are fast becoming top priorities as companies race to adapt to this new working environment. So, who better to turn to for guidance than the ultimate remote workers – astronauts!

Join us on Mars, in Breakroom’s virtual world, for a free virtual event featuring some of the world’s leading authorities on mental health to discuss the impact of isolation and remote working on employee wellbeing. Hear from Dr. Jeevan Perera from the US space program, who will share his experience managing risk for large, crewed missions and discuss how astronauts prepare for long periods of isolation and their steps to protect their mental health, and how to apply them in the workplace. Dr. Walter Greenleaf, a neuroscientist from Stanford University, and Dr. Stephen Goldberg, a psychiatrist, will join Dr. Perera to discuss mental health in the workplace, its potential impact, and what companies can do to support employee well-being.  

With a large chunk of the workforce still working from home (many, like me, in self-isolation) during the current coronavirus pandemic, this event promises to be both timely and pertinent!

After all, astronauts are the ultimate in remote workers!

You can register for the event here; you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the event, accessing a special Mars world in Breakroom using your web browser (you won’t need to download a client program). See you there!

The Mars world in Breakroom, where the event will take place

This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here). 

Breakroom Implements High Fidelity’s Three-Dimensional Audio

Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash

Sinewave Entertainment’s Breakroom (the corporate cousin of their social VR/virtual world platform Sinespace) has recently implemented the spatialized, three-dimensional audio API offered by the revamped High Fidelity.

VentureBeat reports:

The deal is a convergence of pioneers who have made their mark on the development of virtual life. Philip Rosedale is the CEO of High Fidelity and launched Second Life in 2003. Sine Wave Entertainment, the creator of Breakroom, got its start as a content brand in Second Life before it spun out to create its own virtual meeting spaces for real-world events.

Adam Frisby, chief product officer and cofounder of Sine Wave, said in an interview conducted inside Breakroom that the High Fidelity spatial audio will help Breakroom create a triple-A quality experience in a virtual world.

“The real benefit of having 3D audio in a virtual world like this is you can have lots of conversations going on simultaneously,” Frisby said. “3D audio is the only way to replicate the real-world experience in an online environment. You can have a 150-person conference and end up with 10 groups of people talking at the same time. That has helped us with engagement.”

Breakroom is among the first group of clients for Philip Rosedale’s company. Adam tells me that they are looking at implementing the same 3D audio in Sinespace at some point in the future.

Here’s a two-minute YouTube video where Adam Frisby explains and demonstrates the new 3D audio:


This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here).