Thursday, August 05, 2010

Update on the Second Childhood Network #SL


















So work has started on the sequel to my Second Childhood Network Kiosk. The Original was well received a year and a half ago, but was rather difficult to update, and with the current economic climate in SL, many places don't stay around for long. The Kiosk also had other drawbacks.
• used scripts
• was 8 physical prims
• rezzed almost 30 temp prims
• Slowed down to a crawl if in a busy sim
• time consuming to update
• Limited number of places can be added

I had been working with some people trying to inspire new ideas on how to introduce categories, it all seemed to difficult to script. Then along came shared media.

Shared media allows the implementation of a website, graphic or video onto the surface of a prim. This opened up the door to making a basic small website to be an inworld interface on a prim (Prim App). It might not be as animated as the original, but the benefits outway that.
• Only 5 physical prims
• No Scripts
• Works fast on busy sims
• no temp rezzed prims
• Unlimited amount of places can be added
• Categories
• Easy to update.

One issue is that Shared Media is a feature only available at this time on the official LL viewer2.0 which most people hate. BUT if emerald ad it to their browser and LL finally bring out a better viewer then this will be the best way to travel between the Kids community. I even have ideas of making it into a hud.

The Second Issue is that there appears to be a BUG in the LL Viewer 2.0 which wont allow regions with two or more names to open a landmark inside the viewer. I contacted Torely Linden and opend a Jira, so perhaps this will be fixed in a next update. Until then the second Childhood Network 2.0 is on hold.

Torely's awesome video about the bug using the SCN2 for example

5 comments:

Nat Merit said...

The other possible limitation is you can't talk someone else through using the Shared Media SCN kiosk, or open it, select a place and tell them to click, because it seems that Shared Media isn't actually shared, everyone gets their own copy. Up side, multiple people can browse to different categories at the same time on the same kiosk. So in this case it's just different not necessarily worse.

But I wonder if there's a way around that in general, as it's a limitation to how much Shared Media interfaces can be integrated into the world. I could imagine shared media games, that could be played socially with an audience, but I have to start to think of streaming solutions to make a web server show the same content regardless of the browser viewing - hardly trivial!

Or have I misunderstood Shared Media in my limited experiments, can you actually create a prim that shows a webpage with one session for all viewers?

Loki Eliot said...

Actually Nat, you DO see the same web pages as everyone else, so you can share with others the places you want to visit. It's only action objects on a page that arnt shared such as an animated button effect or video. There is some way to get shared video to work, but it's too codemonkee nuts for me.

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