My Pick of the Day is actually two picks, but they are connected to each other so I am going to talk about them as one. You can watch the video I made while exploring these two experiences in my Oculus Rift here on YouTube.
The two Sansar experiences in this video are called Neptune’s Revenge and Rune, and both were created by Maxwell Graf (the man behind the well-known brand Rustica in Second Life). Maxwell makes highly effective use of 360-degree video in evoking the sensation of being on a boat at sea during a raging storm. He also uses a teleporter to take you from the stormy sea to a safe harbour, Rune.
On Sunday I plan to interview Maxwell about his experiences being among the very first beta testers during the closed beta period of Sansar. Stay tuned for that interview!
This morning I taught myself how to install the Oculus Mirror software and the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) by watching this instructional video by Virtual Reality Oasis, and I was able to successfully create a video of what I see in my Oculus Rift headset! I can now record Sansar experiences and share them with you.
I uploaded the video to my YouTube channel and you can watch it here; it was filmed in the Voyage Live: Egypt experience, a rather dark and mysterious archaeological office where Linden Lab held its weekly Office Hours meetings yesterday. In the video, you can see a couple of other avatars walking around. The video is very short (only 27 seconds) and there is really no sound. It won’t win any Oscars. But it’s a proof of concept! I did it! Yay!
IDIA Lab is the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts at Ball State University, a public coeducational research university in Muncie, Indiana. In 2011, IDIA Lab built a large-scale recreation of the 1915 Panama – Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, within the virtual world called Blue Mars. Unfortunately, Blue Mars never took off as a successful virtual world, and in 2017 IDIA Lab was granted rights to Blue Mars’ virtual world technology from Avatar Reality, the company behind Blue Mars. IDIA Lab then decided to move its stunning historical recreation of the San Francisco Panama – Pacific Exposition over to Sansar, where you can visit it here.
Expect to do a lot of walking (or teleporting)…. it’s a delightful summer day and the birds are chirping…. and the experience is HUGE! There are teleporters scattered around the site that promise to take you quickly to various areas, but I discovered that they did not work. I tried several times to use one and failed each time. Oh well.
However, there is still much to see here. The architecture is on a monumental scale, befitting the world’s fair celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal, but also San Francisco’s recovery from the devastating earthquake of 1906. I understand that some of the architecture you see here was later torn down, so it now only exists in its virtual state.
IDIA Lab: 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair is an example of how a virtual experience can be repurposed and republished as the technology of virtual worlds evolves. I originally enjoyed it tremendously when it was in Blue Mars, and I’m so glad it’s here in Sansar.
Bryn Oh is a Canadian artist who is already well-known for her artwork installations in Second Life. She is a master of the use of darkness and light. This picture is just a small part of her Sansar experience An Evening at the Ballet, set to the haunting string music of Luca D’Alberto.