Take a “real” walk in the virtual world…

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Take a “real” walk in the virtual world…

This Maker Moriash Moreau hooked up a treadmill so he can walk around in the virtual world of Second Life… – “I started my walk at the beginning of the road on the east edge of Abitibi, and followed it roughly westward (give or take some meandering) to Whiskey, a trip of approximately 6.3 kilometers. According to the Debug menu velocity HUD, I was moving at about 3.5 m/s (7.8 MPH). (This is a little faster than the normal walking speed of 3.0 m/s. Apparently tapping the forward key squeezes more speed out of a walk than holding it down. I have no good explanation for that. Perhaps the rig is signaling faster than the keyboard repeat rate?) As you can see, there’s a bit of a disparity between SL walking speed and my walking speed. According to Wikipedia, average human walking speed is about 1.0 to 1.5 m/s (2.2 to 3.4 MPH). Avatars appear to walk two to three times faster than their RL human counterparts.

For reference, avatars run at a bit under 5 m/s (11.2 MPH) (and fly at about 15 m/s, or 33.6 MPH). World record setting sprinters have been clocked at 10.3 m/s (22.8 MPH), while accomplished long distance runners can manage a 4 minute mile (15 MPH, or 6.7 m/s). It seems like SL avatar running is a little more realistic, at least for normal human speeds.” Thanks Mark! – Link.


  • Powered Shoes – Virtual reality input – Link.
  • DIY Virtual world “controller” – Link.
  • Photos and coverage from the mixed reality gathering… – Link.
  • Virtual world archives – Link.
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