The Imvu Scientist on Virtual Reality and the Uncanny Valley

katy in Virtual RealityI like keeping an eye on imvu in the news. Sorta nice to know about the future of our home away from home. So it was neat to find this article about Facebook’s purchase of Occulus Rift, of using Virtual Reality, not to shoot people, but to connect just like imvu has been doing.

Here, imvu’s CEO talks about some of the secrets that has made imvu the most successful 3d chat platform out of a big field of competitors. It’s not the most realistic graphics, it’s taking advantage of something comic artists have known, that you can get powerful characters and express powerful emotions, with simpler avatars. Yes, maybe 2nd life had more realistic models, but everyone was SO ugly!

He mentioned one of my favorite comic books, “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud, a comic book about comic books. A friend of a friend recently gave a ted talk about what he learned as an animator watching Pixar’s animated lamp. Something doesn’t feel real and alive because of how it looks, but because of little things like how it moves which is one thing Imvu does so wonderfully.

It’s also great to see that imvu is excited about occulus rift as well because that means they might make imvu occulus compatible. If you haven’t heard, Occulus Rift has been all over the news, as the first VR goggles that really feels real, and with billions of dollars from facebook, it has a good chance of being a product soon.

4 responses

  1. It is neat to look at where this goes in the future. That’s kind of why I do this here with the blog actually. A few thousand people see it but this whole arena is going to be even more powerful and a part of our lives in the future. That’s what makes it worth it! It’s really about virtual relationships so if IMVU crashes for some reason the points will still apply in whatever format virtual relationships evolve in the future. I don’t know that name or even how to pronounce it, but the reason billions of dollars were spent is because it’s the future!

    Hopefully IMVU does well and gets into the mainstream and grows but this is bigger than just imvu, I think it’s the inevitable future or a part of it! And I love sharing my little corner of it with YOU!

    April 28, 2014 at 10:59 am

  2. yea, it was neat cause when you think virtual reality from movies and things, you think like video games and shooting things, but facebook bought it because they think that having avatars in cyberspace will be how we want to hang out with friends in the future.

    April 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

  3. I guess it’s good though that they didn’t buy imvu. I don’t think I wanna make my avi here connect to my real life. The fun here is that you can escape and feel more free. I guess all the lines just get blurrier sometimes.

    April 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

  4. Do you think NSA is in here too?

    April 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

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