In your ‘basic’ form: no prim attachments, lousy shape, ugly hair, … don’t you ever feel like a digital version of a Playmobil figure? I guess this must have been inspiring for Implenia, a Swiss bulding management company: they have build an in-world replica of a Playmobil house, and hooked the two up.
The adapted PlayMobil house is in fact part of an experimental platform to explore new ways to bridge the gap between virtual and real worlds. A range of sensors and gadgets inside the house allow it to be monitored and controlled through an exact digital replica inside the virtual world Second Life.
If the front door has been left open or a light left on in the doll’s house it will show in the virtual version. It works both ways, too. You can control the real house — for example by cranking up the thermostat — via its virtual doppelganger.
The point of this elaborate set-up is to demonstrate a new way to monitor and manage buildings from afar, says Goh, a business design executive for Swiss building management company Implenia. “We have created a virtual gateway that allows you to link real buildings to virtual worlds.”
I’m guessing that the virtual PlayMobil house is located on the Eolus sim, but not sure. Anybody knows where it’s at?
via The Guardian