IBM and Second Life creator Linden Lab have teamed up to further advance digital 3D worlds. The partnership seeks to accelerate the development of open standards to promote the creation of more digital 3D environments.
The project will look at secure transactions and ways to increase the stability and quality of service of 3D platforms. The companies will also seek to introduce interoperability by creating universal avatars. Most 3D platforms currently lack interoperability. A Second Life player, for example, cannot stroll around in a Google Maps projection.