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Tuesday, October 12, 2021


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Ron Jeffries

i'm love to see SL on the ipad, and the new ones are probably fast enough to do it. you'd need fast wi-fi. me, i'd use my magic keyboard, but the on-screen keyboard would be ok.

it'd be challenging to build in SLon a touch screen.

i think the real issue is it'd be a big effort with unknown return.

Adeon Writer

It depends on what kind of experiences you want to have.

But text chat is very difficult on a touchscreen keyboard, especially for the elderly.

As far as avatar manipulation goes, it will be slow and less neuanced, but to most in SL they just stand around and talk.

What you would miss out in a major way is alt camming, which would need to be fairly akward touchscreen gesture controls if they exist at all.

All in all I would say it would work best for someone who primarily uses voice chat and does not walk around or explore but rather just sit around.

I don’t know if that’s the prime demographic.

Adeon Writer

(Of course things like avatar customization and moving attachments around with the build menu would be exceptionally terrible on a touchscreen.

So I would say would primarily be used for people who already use second life on a computer and have already made their avatars. it would not be suitable for anyone new joining second life as they would be having a completely different, much shallower experience that is only a for hollow facsimile of the true experience. I personally think too much would be lost but to someone who doesn’t know what they’re missing out on? who knows. I think custom avatars are a huge part of second life and if you skip out on that I personally don’t see the attraction

"iPads and similar devices simply do not have the hardware power to deal with something like SL"
They deal perfectly with Avakin Life, though, that is indeed something like Second Life.

It is SL that barely deals with any hardware. SL can run on potato computers, but poorly; on the other hand, despite some improvement, the two decades old engine wasn't made for today modern hardware and it doesn't run so well. Let alone the vast amount of unoptimized user-made content that worsen everything.

SL is awesome in how you can tinker with your avatar, but avatar customization in Avakin Life or Roblox on iPad, is much, much easier and user-friendly than in SL. You have previews, you click and you change that part of your avatar.

I agree that a completely new and ad hoc viewer is needed, and mobile regions.

Adeon has a good point about text chat.
I'd add that the therapeutic value that requires immersion, maybe works on iPads, but usually it works better on larger screens.
Still, seeing how many user Avakin Life has, a generally easier to use SL viewer for mobile devices would likely make SL more accessible to many people, senior or not.

Andabata Thor

Hello. I am often on SL by tablet CHUWI Hi10X 10.1 inch. 1200x1920 and Clear Linux OS.
I think that for a senior like me it is not a bad experience, expecially in the second place... :>


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