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In July we launched Lively in Google Labs because we wanted users to be able to interact with their friends and express themselves online in new ways. Google has always been supportive of this kind of experimentation because we believe it's the best way to create groundbreaking products that make a difference to people's lives. But we've also always accepted that when you take these kinds of risks not every bet is going to pay off.
Virtual human has a roving eye Video: This virtual character gazes at scenes with the same pattern of movements a human would. Here it plays a game that involves looking at cards and a human player (video: GIPSA Lab)
Universal avatars bestride worlds A virtual character, or avatar, for all the virtual worlds in which people play is the goal of a joint project between IBM and Linden Lab. The computer giant and the creator of Second Life are working on universal avatars that can travel between worlds. The project aims to open up virtual worlds by introducing open tools that work with any online environment.
Linden Lab Introduces Expressive Puppeteering to Second Life