Thursday, December 13, 2007
Above is the new kinetic pagoda at the Yedo Basilica. It is an example of the poly dimensionality of Second Life, and a way of using this to show people rather than tell people about them. We aren't about 3D we are about PD.
The way the kinetic pagoda works is like this: an avatar touches the small round glass source. It scans to find where that avatar is, and the rate and velocity of the balls falling is determined by the distance from the source. The balls can roll down, pile up, or fly out in every direction depending on where the avatar moves as the kinetic sculpture runs.
In this way the avatar by moving in three dimensions over time, an interactive dimension, mixes the other dimensions and produces different results in the physics of second life.