Photorealism Inside a Virtual World?
Mix your worlds-- this is from an event today we held in Second Life (114 people showed up in this place where "no one is ever around") -- a demo of a Virtual Reality Room. This is a clever implementation of a Cubic Panoramic photo format, the basic construct of a QuickTime VR scene, and you can wrap it in a giant space inside Second Life.
So here is our group of 40 some folks -- this is a photograph from inside of Second Life (this was the second demo) perched like little toys on the round platform, completely enveloped by this scene of Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago, or the "big shiny bean". You can move around or move your view around and explore an amazing amount of rich detail.
it is quite different from your stereotypical SL rendered scene.
This was even more impressive as I was at this spot just last August for the SLCC conference.
And there right in the reflection of the big bean is the photographer, doing the series of wide angle lens shots using a special tripod head. I got nostalgic for the days of doing my first QTVRs in the mid 1990s, though mine never looked this good.
Real Reality inside Virtual Reality? Oh the recursion!
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