In the same moment when Facebook announced he acquisition of Oculus Rift and Palmer Luckey explained that the move was believed to be essential to make viral the virtual reality technology, destined to become in the next 10 years, according to the Oculus team, “ubiquitous, affordable, and transformative” starting from “a truly next-generation gaming experience”, there was a man who a few years ago had used almost the same words to describe a utopia, that of an immersive 3D web where contents would be created, modified and exchanged by the users themselves, who sought and found new capital to finance his latest initiative: that man was Philip Rosedale and his new venture as the reader of Mondivirtuali.it know, is High Fidelity.
Indeed apart from the news of a first round of funding in April 2013 from2.4 million dollars (on 3.4 million offer) who took part eight founders (later it became known that among these there were True Ventures, Google Ventures, Kapor Capital and Linden Lab itself), little else has been heard in recent months about High Fidelity, which, moreover, has started from the beginning of 2014 a phase of alpha test and which from video posted on its blog is engaged in an attempt to make always less “virtual” and cold the interrelation between avatars through the use of devices ranging from Google Glass to Leap Motion controller rather than with the use of 3D sensors cameras, such as PrimeSense, an interface software to process the data of the movements of the hands and face real user so you can play them through the digital avatar and Faceshift.
Sure, you knew that at the time of Rosedale and his men were engaged in development work (o much so that the company, which is defined as a “open source platform for virtual worlds” is hiring and says it is ready to assess and pay external collaborations for specific tasks) but in practice the company remains a “stealth company” ie a company that works without too much make itself heard (even if just a few days ago Rosedale revealed something more). In this case, it was learned that March 25 was filed to the Sec a document that confirms the sale of shares to 2.499 million from 2.613 million dollars on offer (so there are still to place shares for less than 114,000 dollars). We also know that this time it was only an investor (according to Techcrunch should have been True Ventures again), to underwrite the entire share capital increase.
Someone asked whether High Fidelity and its team, after the move to Facebook, are destined to become the prey of some giant social web like Google, Yahoo or Facebook itself as suggested by VentureBeat which points out that currently High Fidelity look more like a startup incubator that an individual had not yet launched a specific product (or more). We like to think that Rosedale wants to take (and he succeeded) a second chance, certainly also judging from the photos published by the Second Life’s “daddy” on Twitter (like the one you see in this article) in High Fidelity are testing all major virtual reality devices on the market (acknowledge the viewer that is visible in the background? Is the same of the photo that appears, worn by Philip, in a post of New World Notes).
That the transition from a proprietary logic to a logic open source, together with appropriate investments for the development of VR devices intended for the mass market, will finally allow the take-off of virtual worlds? We believe so and also Philip Rosedale, whom recently claimed that “Moore’s Law means that at some point the richness and detail of virtual and augmented reality experiences will rival and surpass the real world” seems to believe it. That’s why you should follow Mondivirtuali.it as well as our Twitter account and our Facebook fanpage (but you can find us even on Flickr, on Scoop.it and on Paper.li) if you wanna know more news.