2ndHub Goes Mobile

BY CHIEF STAFF WRITER PAYPABAK WRITER

I’ve been playing around with a new gadget. Mason Kingsford and Taliesin Llanfair of 2ndHub fame have created a personal HUD to use with your avatar to interface their great social networking site with Second Life. Here’s a notecard I got with the beta test version:

2ndhub Mobile is a HUD that is worn on your screen while you are using Second Life. It is a gadget that allows you to have special interaction with 2ndhub.com and some of it’s features!
You can attach it to different positions on your screen. When you go to wear it, see Attach to HUD if you wish to change it’s default lower right position.

Some of these include:
Posting to any of your profiles.
Posting to your friends profiles (if they allow this)
Sending private messages to your friends, just like using the mail page.

Inviting people to join your 2ndhub group right from the HUD!
(like a mobile subscriber!)
Sending group notices (text messages)

Receiving alerts and incoming messages, with the ability to reply to private messages.

Add images to the HUD’s inventory and you will be able to view them on the HUD as well as actually rez a screen in-world, which allows you to share snapshots, textures and images with your friends without passing over files! It’s quite cool, try it!

I hope I’m not breaking any nondisclosure rules here, but what I’ve seen looks terrific and I have some pictures to tell the story.

Minimized

The HUD is styled like a cellphone and fits nicely in the lower right corner of your window (or wherever you prefer). The smaller version in picture above is what it looks like minimized.

Friends listing

This function lets you look up friends and post to their profiles.

Settings

Settings menu lets you choose how your SL Viewer handles posting messages to 2ndHub. At the moment, only Emerald actually allows you to have a TEXT menu (see next picture) appear to handle messages–this means no limits as opposed to Chat text limits in any other viewer.

Posting

Here’s how you can post a message from within SL to your profile (or a friend who allows it) on the 2ndHub Website. Be sure to have that message ready before pressing the icon for posting; the menu will time out after a period. It works and is way cool.

Slideshow

Easy peasy to load in pix from your Photo or Texture folder into the HUD, while wearing it. Slideshow is very simple. Would love if this could work with pix already posted on 2ndHub, but that may be down the line.

Mason and Taliesin don’t have to do things like this, but it just increases the functionality and connectedness of 2ndHub to SL, and how inferior the United Avatar site is in comparison.

Visit Inworld: 2ndHub SL Hub
(Relocated to Penny Lane, the island where Moonletters has its headquarters.)

6 Responses

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  1. shauna
    shauna August 24, 2010 at 9:14 am |

    Oh great. Thanks for reviewing that, Pay. I am actually tempted to try using this in spite of my hud-o-phobia. Good work!

  2. Lacrimae Starsmith
    Lacrimae Starsmith August 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

    i like the look of this! How do i get hold of a copy, please?

  3. Taliesin Llanfair
    Taliesin Llanfair August 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm |

    To answer Lacrimae’s question the HUD will be available to 2ndhub users from 7pm SLT on Friday 27th of August. You can either attend the party and use the vendors we’ll have setup (this is a free item) or login into the website while you are logged into SL and choose My Tools >> Tool Delivery – and select the HUD. A HUD will be sent to you in-world.

  4. shauna
    shauna August 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm |

    Hey Taliesin. Thanks for posting! You guys are doing great with 2ndhub.

  5. Taliesin Llanfair
    Taliesin Llanfair August 26, 2010 at 9:26 am |

    Ta Shauna this site isn’t too shabby either.

    I made a slight error on the date above, damn that international dateline. The launch is on Saturday 28th of August at 7:00pm – 9:30pm SLT at the newly titled 2ndhub Club

    http://slurl.com/secondlife/Penny%20Lane/192/19/24

    hope to see you people there I”m gonna be spinning tunes then afterwards answering questions.

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