Multitasking in a Virtual World
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-24
Proposed is a method to multitask within a virtual world. This method supports having multiple views and thus multiple avatars simultaneously within a virtual world. It also supports any number of simultaneous instances, switching among the instances, and user notification of in-world events that occur near a user's avatar in an inactive instance.
For users of personal computing devices, multitasking between various applications and activities is commonplace and often necessary. For example, it is not uncommon to have multiple instant messaging conversations open at the same time. With the advent of virtual worlds,
we are seeing a transformation in how people interact and do
business online. Meetings that at one time would have occurred in an instant messenger chat session can now take place within a virtual world. However,
virtual worlds, there is currently no sufficient parallel to the multitasking afforded by instant messaging clients.
Proposed is a method to multitask within a virtual world. Multitasking, in this case, means having multiple views and thus multiple avatars simultaneously within a virtual world. Hereafter, a view/avatar will be referred to as an instance. This method supports any number (n) of simultaneous instances and provides for switching among them at the user's request.
At any given time,
this approach supports one active instance and (n - 1) inactive instances.
Also supported is user notification of various
avatar in an inactive instance.
Event notification occurs when an event happens to or near the user's avatar in an inactive instance. Event notification includes any means by which the user is made aware that an event has occurred to or near his/her avatar in an inactive instance. This notification may take the form of a flashing window, a pop-up text box, a sound, an automatic switch to the inactive instance thereby making it active, etc. Events can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Being talked to by another avatar.
- Conversations happening around the user's avatar.
Another avatar coming within a certain distance of the user's
An animation or other non-user
the user's avatar.
Events, event parameters, and the types of notifications they generate may be user customizable. For example, a use...