Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 5th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – where a specially invited panel comes together to discuss the future of Second Life.
Saffia is joined by Patch Linden, Linden Lab’s Senior Director of Product Operations; Jessica Lyon, the person behind the Firestorm browser and the Firestorm new users’ experience; Gentle Heron, of the nonprofit Virtual Ability; Jo Yardley of 1920s Berlin; and Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes, who was one of the organisers of this year’s Home and Garden Expo.
We talk about the recent innovations in Second Life, how we can move forward – and what innovations residents would like to see. We discuss questions from the audience too!
The importance of shows like this can be seen in the impact this show has already had. The Radegast Second Life text viewer played an important role for the blind community in using voice. It boasts an impressive set of speech to text and text to speech integrations and can be integrated with other devices such as braille screen readers. Sadly, Latif Kalifa, Radegast’s creator, passed away earlier this year and despite the code being open source, no-one had yet stepped forward to maintain it at a time when the Lab viewer is moving ahead in leaps and bounds, with the risk that non-maintained viewers and client might lose functionality. A signicant effect was that Voice with Radegast was breaking down as it was failing to install the all important SLVoice extensions.
Beq Janus, who was filming the show, volunteered to help, and you can read here how Beq, working with Whirly Fizzle of Firestorm, was able to create two workarounds. Beq ended her account of how they achieved that with a plea to C# developers to find a way to have Radegast install the correct Voice extensions automatically, as a part of the client install process. Cinders Roxley, a TPV developer and open-source contributor to Linden Lab stepped forward – and you can read about the happy conclusion here.
It all proves that residents can achieve an enormous amount to help each other with the right communication. And the show discusses how the Lab too is working to improve our experience (and ways in which it would be problematical – for example, why we are unlikely to have true mirrors).
It makes for a fascinating show, so do do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.
Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.