Maria Korolov, over at Hypergrid Business, reports,
Utherverse granted patent on massive virtual gatherings.
In part the patent reads;
What is claimed is:
1. A method for managing a multi-instance, multi-user animation process, comprising: modeling, using a computer, a plurality of parallel dimensions in a computer memory, each of the plurality of parallel dimensions being a replica of a modeled three dimensional space configured for modeling occupancy and movement of multiple avatars within limits that are defined by at least one model of a three dimensional object; assigning ones of a plurality of avatars within the computer memory so that each of the plurality of avatars populates a respective one of the parallel dimensions and each of the plurality of parallel dimensions is populated by a unique subset of the plurality of avatars, so as to prevent over-population of any one of the parallel dimensions by avatars; and animating ones of the plurality of avatars populating different ones of the parallel dimensions in response to input from respective corresponding ones of a plurality of clients to provide virtual-reality data, using the computer, the virtual-reality data configured to enable the clients to output an animated display of a corresponding one of the parallel dimensions and avatars populated therein.
In a nut shell, as Intel spokesperson Connie Brown put it speaking to M.Korolov, “..it potentially allows thousands of users to interact in a single region,”
This is how it works. A new “Dimension” is created each time a region fills to capacity. And then, “For example, avatars may be added approximately evenly across several dimensions all of which are below their occupancy capacity, and/or avatars may be placed in one of duplicate dimensions based on the users’ status, achievements or other classifications. Users may also create their own duplicate dimension with limited enrollment or purposes. These may include and/or permit, without limitation, (a) themselves; (b) a private party; (c) members of a group; (d) the public at large; (e) paid attendees; and/or (1) specified invitees.If a user is directed to populate a certain dimension, yet they would prefer to populate a different dimension, the user may select to have their avatar change dimensions to the desired dimension.”
All of this is in the filing; read it in it’s entirety here.
US Patent & Trademark Office, Patent Full Text and Image Database
This technology is not available In Second Life or OpenSim at this time. And Utherverse has added it’s own tweak that enhances it’s platform. As Maria reports, ” Unlike Second Life and OpenSim, Utherverse is not based on a flat world map..”
All the maps of Second Life still have Dragon Warnings on the edges. Not really.
Second Life and OpenSim do not now support this application except through third-party services.
One is always struck by the difference in cost for a region in the virtual worlds in discussion here.
How much does it cost, you ask?
“A Second Life region costs $300 a month, with a $1,000 setup fee. A typical OpenSim region runs between $20 and $100 a month, depending on hosting provider.The Distributed Scene Graph would be an extra feature, only available for OpenSim, at an extra charge, and only from some hosting providers.
An Utherverse space capable of holding, say, 1,000 avatars for a business convention, would run around $100 for a month, said Brian Shuster, Utherverse CEO.
That would include a space large enough for a trade show floor, a lecture hall, and additional areas for meet-and-greets. “
… Here at the Tribune we were thinking maybe a Bieber concert. Not really.
Full implementation in late December, and into production in the second quarter of next year. Contact Utherverse at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
… Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow Maria on Twitter • Facebook • LinkedIn