Regular readers will know I’m a believer in the web going 3D, well parts of it anyway. I blogged recently about Sun’s and IBM’s interest in the area, and then yesterday I got invited to an IBM conference on the subject in July.
So I’ve been checking out a few things – and the space is definitely getting hotter.
For the IBM conference you can either go in person or participate via Active Worlds – so I went in there to have a look and found myself having a right laugh with a guy from Australia. Compared to Second Life the world was incredibly easy to use – a real joy, I was flying around in no time and practicing my dancing and karate kicks.
There.com is another virtual world I’ve been having a play around in that’s quite fun.
Fotowoosh is a cool little service that takes 2D photos and makes them 3D. Different type of thing entirely but I wonder if something a bit like this could be used to good effect on ecommerce sites. Check out how it looks in these samples below.
I can’t shake the feeling that somehow, somewhere, some really useful mainstream apps are going to come out of this stuff. I’m not sure what they will be, and I can’t put my finger on anything more than training and conferences yet.
Have a good weekend.
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