VRML: Your Time is Now

Larry Borsato responded to Om Malik’s glowing review of Hive7 — some kind of virtual community run on Ajax. He writes:

While the AJAX version may be new, the concept isn’t. Almost 10 years ago, back when VRML was in vogue, there were 3D chat programs. You got yourself an avatar, and you could wander around the place chatting with people around you. And frankly, even on those archaic machines, it was a little faster than Hive7 is. Mind you, you couldn’t really tweak it at all. But you got the same general sense.

I remember the VRML 3D chat rooms and designing your own avatar. I loved VRML, and never could understand why the technology didn’t take off. Here you had the ability to create 3D worlds that ran in all operating systems, on most browsers, and which weren’t that CPU or memory intensive. It was such a fun tech–I wonder if we could stick 2.0 on it’s backend and bring it back?

Anyway, I won’t go back to the Hive7 site — it causes all sorts of havoc, and I’m not sure about the ability of other people to control and add content that then gets broadcast to everyone who turns in — I’ve already seen the site taken over with something that redirects the page to a porn site.

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3 Responses to VRML: Your Time is Now

  1. Sour Duck says:

    “I loved VRML, and never could understand why the technology didn’t take off.”

    You *may* be interested in Tad Williams’ “Otherworld” novel series, then. Or not – depends on your tastes. ;)

  2. MaxS says:

    Shelley, thanks for tip. the room you refering too is found and fixed. I decided to relax secuirty settigns for first days to let people experiment with hive7 more freely. we do monitor content and usually thigns like that are fixed in few hours. if it gets too much out of control its easy to switch to more strict settings (via technorati)

  3. Shelley says:

    SD, I’ll see if my library has the series. Thanks.

    MaxS–in a couple of hours a clever hacker could propagate something a lot worse than a redirection to a porn site. Your site is extremely vulnerable. But to each their own — good luck with your efforts.