update: Sun inc, which was one of the leading companies focusing on Second Life business in Japan is bankrupt. The notice about bankrupcy was posted on Sun’s website on Nov 21, stating Sun’s negative networth is at least US$5 million. (via Mindblizzard.com)
Impressive, on a FOMA SH903i - non-Japanese product information on this beast, anyone? - Kimidora runs a mobile phone Second Life client. Planned for an official release in december, it does already look impressive. Kimidora says it’s slow, even in minimal quality mode, but none the less, the viewer is already vewwy vewwy impressive.
The mobile phone viewer for Second Life was created by Sun Inc and shall be officially released on December 15th. There will be two versions:
A free, basic version of this Second Life viewer for mobile phones that allows you to browse the Second Life map, (limited?) teleport, search and walking around in-world. It could be that with the free version you’ll also get some banner ads in the future. ;)
Paying a monthly fee of 315 Yen - which is two euro’s - will get you the ability to chat, manage your inventory, change appearance, buy things and a monthly stipend of 300 L$. I think you also get a Tokyo Zero Street appartement and 3D-blog. Although I do not have the slightest clue what it is, I now want a 3D blog!!! 2D just sounds so passé. ;)
At the moment the SUN Corporation handles about 350 simultanious connections, but they are preparing for a concurrency rate of 1000 to 1500 users.
I think this is highly interesting as we all know Second Life eats bandwith & computer resources. With looking into ways of streamlining it for mobile phone use - lower specs and no high-speed internet access - either by running it through servers before delivering it to our pc’s, mobile devices and maybe someday even refrigerators or by creating clients that just ‘eat’ less interesting and promising features will appear. Because really, what’s the use of doing in-world conferences on for instance world poverty, climate changes, technology for developing countries, etc. if exactly those people can not get in?
Although Google Translate Japanese should improve too then! ;) I apoligise, but I can not state that I’m 100% of the information on this mobile phone Second Life client is correct. Geeh, sometimes I really wish for being a Japanese speaking gadget freak. *sobs*
As usual, I bring the paw to the hat and bow to Nock.