Thursday Feb 01, 2007

The 3D Web: Time to dump your mouse, create an avatar and learn how to use a game pad!

While everybody is talking about Web 2.0, a more silent revolution may be happening on the Web (so SL is trying to change this!) that may have a profound impact in the way we will be deploying and interacting with Web applications in the near future. Mich Wagner captured this fairly well in his article Virtual Worlds: The Next Big Thing Or Next Big Nothing?

"A generation of young people is growing up hacking and slashing their way through virtual worlds -- that's literally true in the case of World of Warcraft -- and they're going to expect a 3-D, virtual world interface for the rest of their online interaction."

As with new emerging technology the jury is still out, but a few big players like Sun and IBM are starting to take notice:

"There is something very human about visual interfaces. I almost think of text-based interfaces, including browsers, as 'narrowband' into our brains, whereas visual interfaces are 'broadband' into our brains."

So, dump your mouse, create your avatar, learn how to use a game pad  (nice to be able to use both hands and more than three buttons finally :-) and join the 3D Web Virtual world with "broadband" interaction into your brain!

 

 

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