Traveler is a Colorful 3D Virtual Reality Real-time Voice Chat Community
Our avatars are emotional and lip-synch faithfully to our words. Most of
them anyway, others are sort of surreal. Traveler is IMHO the most immersive
socializing application on the Internet, bar none. Our audio is also 3D. The
spatial attenuation coupled with stereo directionality give this platform a
very realistic feel to our environments. Put simply, it doesn't sound like
we're all cramped into a closet. Our environments are more than things of
beauty, they are functional living areas for people all over the world. It
actually feels like you are in the same room with people. Some of us have
known each other for six years and still share experiences like dance parties,
drag races and church. In life, we try to choose our perfect places, like
homes, schools, jobs and churches. If you could pick the perfect places for
yourself in cyberspace, what would they be like? Join Traveler and find out.
In 1996, a company named OnLive! made a revolutionary 3D voice chat
platform. It's name is Traveler. Steve Di Paola headed up the massive
project that set the standards in shared VR voice chat enviroments.
Stasia McGehee made the lion's share of the emotive avatars with voice
actuated lip-synched animation.
In 1997, the VRML 1.0 standard was brought to Traveler. It was then
that Dave Collins and his engineering team at OnLive! released the
2.02 version of the already popular Traveler VR browser. This version is
VRML complient and is the current version of Traveler.
In 1998, OnLive!, along with The Palace and Electric Communities
merged to form Communities.com. It was then that Jm Valera began work
on the dynamic scripting used in the Destinations Page that we enjoy
today. This allows users to see a real-time depiction of who is on-line
as well as what server and space they occupy.
In 2001, Communities.com was forced to close their doors. Fortunately
for us, Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace.com was just in time to buy the rights
to the platform and the onlive.com domain needed to keep Traveler going. He
now hosts the Destinations Page and the better part of the avatars used in
our live worlds.
Avatars 2001 will have special meaning to Travelers. Not only will we
celebrate our platform's place in the avatar realms of the world again this
year, but in fact, we will celebrate our very existence which was in very
real danger of going away forever.