SecondLife: IBM, CircuitCity and Sears

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So as IBM decides to get serious about SecondLife, they start building a Sears and CircuitCity. I paid a visit to CircuitCity and was very delighted at what i saw.

To the left is Sears, to the right is CircuitCity

It looks very cozy from the inside. Clicking on any product on display opens up the browser to display more information on it.

You can watch live streaming video on the television sets that are on display. You can also sit on the couch and watch a nice 40″ flat panel on the wall. You can move the distance of the couch from the wall, to reflect the setting at your own home and the TV screen changes in size to recommend to you what you need for your home.

It’s experimental. You can not yet just pick the object and buy it from within SecondLife. They are still collecting feedback.

I see it catching on soon. We won’t make an overnight shift to the Matrix, but we seem to be getting somewhere there. A more hybrid one for now.

Second Life opens its source code

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Second Life has decided to open up its source code to get the open source community to work on it and help rapidly expand and enhance it.

“There are lots of handicapped people using Second Life. It’s one of the really inspiring things about it,” Rosedale said. “There are a lot of ways of connecting people to their computers, not just mice and keyboards but gaze detection and neuromuscular stuff” that Linden Lab doesn’t have the manpower to address, but he hopes outside programmers will.

Someone also could “hook up an exercise bike and fly around Second Life while exercising,” he said, or write a program for accessing the world from a smart phone.

“All that becomes extremely easy to do,” said Rosedale, who will speak tomorrow at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

[via MSNBC]