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Virtual Hair Looks Wet On Contact With Virtual Water

Sirena Wet HairI love subtle innovations like this: Second Life hair that changes to look wet when it touches the water. Created by Natalia Zelmanov and scripted by her brother, it's basically virtual hair programmed to detect its relationship to virtual water. "It checks to see if it's under the sim water level every few secs," Ms. Zelmanov tells me. "Actually it's more complicated, because it only turns wet when you leave the water... it doesn't make sense to drip when underwater." The hair also comes with a spray can and a scripted block of prim-based water, which are also programming to be on speaking terms with each other. "The Water Bottle and Prim Water Script actually talks to the hair, telling the hair to turn wet." That only covers how Natalia's hair gets wet. "And then there's all the stuff that goes into making the hair dry! I drove my bro crazy...believe me." Read more about it here. A much more subtle tweak of avatar reality than bouncing breasts, to be sure, but a clever one all the same.

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Dawny Daviau

Me as a RL hairdresser thinks its a nice feature!

Melissa Yeuxdoux

How wonderful! Does it dry out over time after you leave the water? That would be really neat!

Natalia Zelmanov

Heehee I was wondering why you were asking me those questions the other night :P Thank you so much for the mention, Hamlet!

Melissa, yes...the hair does dry itself out after a couple minutes :) LOL if only my RL hair could dry out as nicely ;P

Arcadia Codesmith

If anybody's unaware, Natalia has earned a halo and wings for her fabulous series of tutorials for the budding SL creator (granted, a halo and wings look odd on a mermaid, but oh well). Her innovations in hair technology have helped push the state of the art forward. I'd give her an award, if I had one to grant.

Sophie Wellesley

I agree SO much with Arcadia's post--Natalia is an SL rockstar to me. She provides amazing tutorials on her site and the materials needed to complete the tutorials :) THANKS Natalia!

Doreen Garrigus

Ok, this is just cool. Kudos, Natalia.

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