I could be being really dumb here, or it could be an Emperor’s New Clothes moment. You decide. Vodafone’s David Erixon has been on-stage at Virtual Worlds Forum Europe talking about the operator’s Second Life activities, including its new ‘Inside Out’ tech.
Basically, it’s a heads up display within Second Life that lets you make voice calls and send texts to friends real-world mobile phones, and vice versa. Around 10,000 have been distributed, says Erixon, which is pretty successful by Second Life standards.
Here’s what I don’t get: when I’m using Second Life, I invariably have my real-world mobile phone on the desk or in my pocket. If I want to call or text friends, I’ll use that (and they’ll call/text my mobile number in return). So why would I want to complicate that process by making part of it virtual?
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