iA (Internet Adventure)


There are hints, that Sega is developing a 3D virtual world which plays on the desktop (even behind desktop icons) instead of a window or full screen. The video shows a presentation of the system. The interesting point with respect to virtual presence is the fact, that a user navigates a web browser to control her position in the virtual world. Any time the browser changes the page, the avatar is moved to a different location. The landscape changes and other people appear. This sounds (and looks) very much like virtual presence with a 3D display behind the browser on the desktop, not on the browser and not in a separate window, but still: the location in the virtual world and the people you meet is controlled by the URLs you navigate.


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