Sunday, March 30, 2014

Second Life Viewer For 3D and VR Head Sets!

Serenity in 3D. Captured on the 'CTRLALTStudio' Viewer.

I came across a third party viewer, trying out some things with an eye on the future of Second Life. Two eyes infact, and in 3D! Linden Labs is working closely to enable a amazing experience in world, via the 'Oculus Rift' Virtual reality head set. This will deliver a immersive 3D Second Life for users.

The 'CTRLALTStudio Viewer' adds features specific to rendering a 3D world and has features for head sets in the usual viewer 'Preferences' section. If you have the correct drivers for your graphics card, and Shutter glasses for 3D TV or PC you may be able to play Second Life right now in 3d!

I used the viewer to take this image above. Selecting the right, and left eye views of my avatar and combining them in Photoshop, to produce a pretty crystal clear 3D view which you can check out if you have Red/Blue glasses. The viewer is pretty much identical to Firestorm, and even if you don't have any of the new technology yet, you can have fun as i did making 3d images, and seeing your avatar in whole new dimensions!

The CtrlAltStudio Viewer is developed in order to try out and share a number of ideas, including: Oculus Rift support, stereoscopic 3D display, variable walk & fly speed, and Kinect for Windows control. It is based on the Firestorm Viewer which it tracks closely. 

The viewer can be used with both OpenSim and Second Life. Though only a Windows installer is provided, if you have the know-how the source code should be readily updateable for Mac OSX or Linux.

Visit to download this third party viewer, and find out more.

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