Author: Maria Korolov

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Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

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OpenSim officially rolls out attachment fix

  Version of OpenSim is out, and this is an official, recommended release and includes the attachment fix donated by Kitely last month. The fix solves the problem that some users experience when...

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Perception Neuron aims to lower motion capture costs

Beijing-based Noitom Ltd. has launched a Kickstarter for its Perception Neuron motion capture product which offers the promise of interacting with virtual environments at a lower cost than available with other platforms. Perception Neuron costs...

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How I copied my shape across grids

I’ve read on Ener Hax’s blog that you can use Imprudence to copy shapes from Second Life. This month, I redid my skin — using my much-improved GIMP skills to combine an actual picture...

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InWorld Review: The Future of Work

This week, Joel Foner joins Mal Burns, Maria Korolov, Tara Yeats and Petlove Petshop to discuss the future of work, the latest OpenSim stats, and more.

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OpenSim passes 50,000 region milestone

OpenSim’s 40 largest grids gained over 3,000 new regions this month, many thanks to the new varregion functionality. Registered users and active users also increased this month, despite the summer season. The exact totals...

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10 sites where you can buy Google Cardboard kits

I’ve written about Google Cardboard before — it’s a virtual reality headset made from cardboard designed to work as a frame for an Android smartphone. What distinguishes Google Cardboard from other smartphone cases is...

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Zetamex makes new low prices permanent

Las Vegas-based hosting company Zetamex — which recently tested out a $3 region offer — has decided to make the low prices permanent, and added some much-requested features. The company also raised prices slightly....

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Kitely Market simplifies demos

  Kitely customers will now have an easier time trying out Kitely Market products. The “Try demo” link is now right there on the product listing page, said Kitely co-founder and VP R&D  Oren Hurvitz...

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Virtual World City moving to Unity 3D

The Virtual Worlds City grid is moving from OpenSim to Unity 3D. “Since our clients only will shop and explore there is no need for all the build tools that the OpenSim-based viewers have,” said...

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Cyberinth treadmill hits crowdfunding goal

The Cyberinth Virtualizer, which launched its Kickstarter campaign a little more than a week ago, has reached its $250,000 goal with 26 days left in the campaign. The $700 device is designed to be used in combination with a...

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So how good are the $3 regions, anyway?

I was chatting with the folks on the InWorld Review today about how great the new $3 region offer from Zetamex was and couldn’t resist — I had to pick one up for myself. The ordering...

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InWorld Review: $3 regions and more

Mal, Maria and Tara are joined by Petlove Petshop and Saffia Widdershins. to talk about August events on the hypergrid, about Second Life and PrimPerfect, and about the new $3 regions from Zetamex.

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Sim-on-a-Stick gets update

The easy-to-use Sim-on-a-Stick distribution of OpenSim has been updated to the latest version, supporting Bullet physics, variable-sized regions, profiles and other improvements. Sim-on-a-Stick is a packaged version of the Diva Distro. If you’re upgrading from...

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Designing Digitally

Designing Digitally is an Ohio-based development company specializing in virtual worlds, e-learning, and 3D training simulations. The company works in multiple virtual world development mediums including OpenSim, Unity 3, Second Life, Azivia, and 3D Virtual Campus Tours.  

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How to add your calendar to Hyperica

If you are a grid owner or event organizer looking for more hypergrid visitors, you can submit your calendar for inclusion in the Hyperica website. Just email me the iCal link or your Google...

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3 things about new VR platform CEEK

A new social virtual world is coming, and it’s called CEEK. Not much information is available yet, other than this press release. Here’s what we know so far: EON Reality, best known for the EON...

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Trinity Magnum controller adds 360 degree tracking

Press release: TRINITYVR ADDS 360 DEGREE OPTICAL TRACKING TECHNOLOGY TO TRINITY MAGNUM, ITS VIRTUAL REALITY AND PC SHOOTING MOTION CONTROLLER Company Also Announces Additional Games and Compatible Technology for Trinity Magnum, Including Arcade-Style Racing...

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Kitely donates teleport attachment fix

Have you ever teleported from one grid to another and had your attachments disappear? That problem has now been fixed, thanks to code donations from the on-demand Kitely grid. Grids running the latest, cutting-edge...

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Zetamex offers $3 regions

Las Vegas-based Zetamex, one of OpenSim’s leading hosting companies, is experimenting with a $3 region offer for 15,000-prim regions on OSgrid and Metropolis. “This is an experimental service, meaning we are changing and it...

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Survey: Where do you want OpenSim to go?

Update: The survey is now closed, but you can see all the raw results here.   The explosion of new virtual reality developments, the announcement that Linden Lab is working on a new version...

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Report: Microsoft backing VR headset maker FOVE

  According to a report today in TechRadar, Microsoft has just accepted FOVE into its Microsoft Ventures program. FOVE Inc. is a company that makes the world’s first virtual reality headset with eye-tracking. The eye-tracking...

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OSgrid begins 7th birthday celebration Saturday morning

OSgrid, the oldest virtual world running on the OpenSimulator software, is turning seven years old and birthday celebrations begin 10 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday morning with DJs and live performances. These include DJ Foxx...

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Two ideas for better search for OpenSim

Everybody talks about the fact that we need better search functionality in OpenSim, but there are few solutions out there. Why today’s automated searches don’t work Keyword search is what Metaverse Ink does, created...

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The red carpet gets the virtual reality treatment

Virtual reality camera maker Jaunt VR has teamed up with entertainment industry Variety for the first-ever virtual reality coverage of a red carpet premiere. David S. Cohen of Variety and Tara McNamara of co-hosted the...

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Warner Bros. brings virtual tornadoes to Comic-Con

Warner Bros. will be rolling out a new virtual experience at Comic-Con this year, based on the new movie Into the Storm. Booth #4545 will feature “an intense experiential booth featuring a 4-D immersive Oculus Rift...

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ArribaSim fork offers a quick full grid

A new branch of OpenSim, ArribaSim, promises better performance than mainline OpenSim while maintaining full compatibility. And now there’s a packaged version of it, called Arriba Mini-Grid, that sets itself up with a single click....

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Oliveira now offers FrancoGrid hosting

Oliveira Virtual Lands, which rents regions and parcels on OSgrid and Metropolis, now has a presence on the French-language non-profit open grid FrancoGrid. Like the other two grids, FrancoGrid is hypergrid enabled and residents are...

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Daden releases virtual campus demo

  Daden Ltd,. a UK-based virtual reality consulting firm, has released a virtual campus demo that runs in the browser. The demo showcases some of the company’s virtual tools, including the ability to display slideshows,...

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Video Games: The Movie features Oculus Rift, Omni

The Zach Braff-produced documentary Video Games: The Movie,  now in limited release, features virtual reality technology such as the Oculus Rift and the Virtuix Omni. Watch the trailer below or buy the movie here for...

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Report: 83 million VR headsets to be sold by 2018

According to a new report by UK-based virtual worlds research firm KZero, 83 million head-mounted virtual reality display devices such as the Oculus Rift will have been sold by 2018. In addition, 18 million...