High Fidelity put out call for alpha testers

HF-logoI’ve been keeping a sort-of eye on news concerning Philip Rosedale’s High Fidelity from something of a distance, occasionally checking the website and seeing what is going on. However, as a lot of it goes somewhat over my head, I tend not to report on it, preferring to wait as see to what actually starts to emerge in the future.

Nevertheless, Ciaran Laval poked me earlier in the moth that some interesting news might be coming out of the company, and so I’ve been watching various feeds to see what does. As a result, I caught Hamlet Au bringing the news, courtesy of “Epona666”, that High Fidelity have put out a call for alpha testers.

High fidelity: seeking alpha testers
High fidelity: seeking alpha testers – click to follow

Hamlet refers to the company as looking for “creative builders” for the Alpha testing. However, the sign-up form is scant on specifics, and leans more towards the hardware and operating systems applicants have at their disposal, rather than on specific skill sets of any description. There also doesn’t appear to be ant blog post associated with the announcement, so it is a little hard to discover further information relating to the call.

The application form: hardware and OS-focused
The application form: hardware and OS-focused

This request is somewhat easier than the company’s last, as reported by Ciaran Laval at the time. In December, the company invited those wishing to work for / with them on code aspects of the platform to build the High Fidelity user interface from source code and then log-in to the system to get the company’s attention, and then attempt to tackle one of the current tasks the company has listed on Worklist.

The company's last call for assistance took the form of a challenge to those interested
The company’s last call for assistance took the form of a challenge to those interested

For those interested in signing-up for this alpha testing can do so by following the link from the High Fidelity home page, or by following this link (or click the banner ad towards the top of this article) to the application form itself.

Hamlet also points to a new subReddit where High Fidelity can be discussed by those interested in the project.

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3 thoughts on “High Fidelity put out call for alpha testers

  1. im actively following High Fidelity through Philips many interviews in the last couple of months. If you consider two different sides to Virtual Reality, SoftwareVR and HardwareVR. Second life is the Consumer Software VR and only now is it becoming possible for Consumer HardwareVR with the advent of Oculus and at CES there were plenty of motion sensor wearable gadgets that track body movement. I think High Fidelity is planning to combine the SoftwareVR with the new emerging Hardware VR in an attempt to create a new Virtual World that breaks free of traditional 2D web page UI and humanise the internet. Trying hard not to be to Psychobabbley.

    High Fidelity is basically developing Second Life 3.0 but without the stigma of the name ‘Second Life’ and all the baggage that comes with it. I have a lot of questions about it though, How this will effect Second Life’s future? will we see Second Life continue to develop along side High Fidelity? borrow successful ideas from High Fidelity? or will SL simply maintain the status quo to keep it’s current user base happy?

    Linden Lab are SO quiet at the moment it’s hard to know what if at all there are any plans for the future of Second Life.


    1. 🙂

      Yep. It’s more the technical aspects within HF itself that go over my head to a degree (voxels et al), quite probably because I’ve not been motivated enough to read-up on the technology.

      As to High Fidelity being the “SL 3.0”, I think I was one of the first people to actively point out that the Lab had (still are?) investing in High Fidelity back just prior to Philip resigning from the LL board. At the time that happened at the start of 2013, I pointed to the reason for his resignation as a possible conflict of interest between being CEO of HF whilst also chair of the Linden Research board – but that was pure speculation on my part.

      As to the future of SL, that’s really anyone’s guess until the Lab speaks up. As Rod Humble revealed in this pages back in 2012 (although at the time, he refused to be drawn further on the matter), the Lab is investing in virtual worldS – note the “s”. Whether this could be taken as just meaning they’re investing in SL and HF, or whether it means they are investing in developing their own “SL 2.0” (and which may or may not draw upon aspects of HF) as well as SL and HF (and perhaps other, yet-to-be revealed development work), or whether things like Patterns were included in his statement (or some combination of all of the former), is pretty much an open topic for speculative debate.


    2. At first i thought of High Fidelity as the next SL, but i am starting to consider that this new platform may have different features and purposes than SL currently have. I think Philip Rosedale is trying to acomplish his original dream (SL isn’t what Linden Lab started out to make) this is, a platform for platforms, a “framework” that would thicken most recent tecnologies and tools, and make possible develop Virtual Worlds with them.

      Maybe this time he will have sucess. Over the last 10 years, the way to program have changed a lot. Currently programs tend to be less “brilliant” and more modulable. Cloud party is the evidence, they take weeks to implement what SL takes months or years, and the result work without workarounds and tricks. To have to deal with years of patches, fixes and legacy content doesnt help either.


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