3 Articles for 'second Life'

  1. 2008/04/30 Cyworld 3D about to enter closed beta
  2. 2008/04/02 Samsung brings Second Life to mobile (1)
  3. 2007/11/21 Cyworld to go 3D - Second life contender? (7)

Cyworld 3D about to enter closed beta

Web 2.0 | 2008/04/30 13:00 | Web 2.0 Asia
Cyworld "Minilife", aka Cyworld 3D, is about to start closed beta service. They are accepting up to 500,000 closed beta users (about 2% of their current user base of 22 million). Cyworld Minilife is a Second Life-like virtual 3D social network service, and is expected to launch in June this year. So far I'm not that impressed, but will deliver updates anyway.

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Samsung brings Second Life to mobile

Mobile | 2008/04/02 19:34 | Web 2.0 Asia
Samsung Electronics introduced mobile Second Life and several other innovations at CTIA '08. Coverage here, and here.
With the Second Life client available on Samsung's mobile handsets, users can enjoy many services from the Second Life virtual world whenever and wherever. Unique features of the Second Life client on Samsung's mobile handsets include a mixed blogging platform that allows users to post their blog simultaneously in the real world and the virtual world of Second Life, and the Samsung Mixed Contact feature which allows users to have mixed world contact by communicating with avatar friends via voice or SMS. The Second Life client on Samsung's mobile handsets is compatible with Windows Mobile devices.

I like the concept of using mobile phone as a link between one's online (virtual) life and offline life - Imagine your real-world activities such as phone conversations or short messages being portrayed onto your virtual world.

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What's also very interesting is Samsung Life Diary, Samsung's answer to Nokia Lifeblog. I had been involved with this project when I was at Samsung - honestly I didn't know it was going to take this long for Samsung to launch Life Diary.

LifeDiary, developed by Samsung, allows users to compose a personal diary, which manages the user's photos and videos taken that day, the calls made, SMS messages sent, contacts and any specific appointments throughout the day.

I'm sure Samsung Life Diary changed a lot since last time I was involved in the project (Fall '06), but some features we were planning at the time included visualizing social graph based on frequency of mobile phone communications, quick mobile blogging with rich content generated on mobile phone, etc. I'll try to get some more information on Life Diary and write a follow up post.
TAG CTIA, Life Diary, Samsung, second Life

Cyworld to go 3D - Second life contender?

Web 2.0 | 2007/11/21 12:22 | Web 2.0 Asia
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This is not exactly a breaking news - the blogosphere has talked about this all the time since summer. But the other day, SK Communications had press conference and rather officially announced their plan to transform the famous Cyworld service into a 3-D service.

Digital Times (note: link in Korean) reports on the press conference that Cyworld is looking to change the current "mini room" and "mini me" features into a 3-D virtual space, something that will probably resemble Second Life. SK Communications does not hide the fact that they were inspired by Second Life when they came up with this notion of a 3-D Cyworld.

Mini room and Mini me features basically display a user's avatar in a virtual room. The virtual room can be decorated with virtual items purchased through Cyworld's item shop, where "Dotori" or acorns is the virtual currency - equivalent of Linden dollars in Second Life.

Shin Cho, the newly appointed co-CEO of SK Communications, said: "The key difference between Cyworld 3D and Second Life is that... Second Life mostly provides ready-made content, while Cyworld 3D will focus on providing user-created content." We might imagine Cyworld 3D users visiting someone else's 3D virtual room and watch the video content he or she had shot and uploaded there.

SK is planning to roll out Cyworld 3D early next year.