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Photos: Electric Sheep lights up virtual worlds

Corporate and nonprofit clients wanting to establish beachheads in the virtual world "Second Life" are fueling a D.C. start-up.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor on
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R&B Coffee

Start-up Electric Sheep is getting enough project work from corporate and nonprofit clients wanting to establish beachheads in the virtual world "Second Life" that it has hired 13 full-time employees.

The company, for example, created a virtual version of Washington, D.C's R&B Coffee in "Second Life," then displayed it on the wall of the coffee shop at the same time as video of the real-world cafe was streamed into the virtual world.

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Radio show

NPR recently hosted a radio show about "Second Life" inside Electric Sheep's tower in the virtual world.

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Virtual phone booth

As part of its efforts to showcase its VoIP technology inside "Second Life," Vivox hired a consultant called Home Depoz to build a virtual phone booth with a working phone.

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Jibun Life

Electric Sheep worked on a project called "Jibun Life" in the "Second Life" teen grid designed to connect kids' groups and classrooms around the world in an immersive, 3D community. For the project, Electric Sheep built a Japanese-themed village.

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Hanover

Electric Sheep worked on a project for Dartmouth College that recreated the town of Hanover, N.H., in order to give emergency response workers a way to practice responding to problem situations.

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NMC

Electric Sheep has built an experimental space in "Second Life" for the New Media Consortium that will include a meeting space, learning environments and classrooms.

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