32nd America’s Cup Official Website – America’s Cup logs on to Second Life

Valencia – 02.06.2007

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America’s Cup logs on to Second Life

There is a group of islands with 6,860,888 residents, whose economy is thriving, whose currency is Linden dollars, and who call themselves Avatars. Did you sleep through a very important geography lesson? No. Well, not in this life. This is the land of Second Life, a ¨3D online digital world imagined, created and owned by its residents¨ that has recently boomed to international success.

Yesterday, Alcatel-Lucent announced their own addition to the alterna-world, a virtual island called Port AmericasCupAnywhere where ¨Second Lifers¨ can watch virtual animations of the races, race in the Second Life Cup, attend swanky parties and much more.

For new comers Second Life is a burgeoning cyber world with people logging on from 100 different countries, where users create an embodiment of themselves, an Avatar, which they then use to explore and chat with other Avatars. But the program takes the cyber-life one step further by introducing a real market (the LindeX Market) where every 24 hours roughly 1.6 million US dollars are spent. While the program itself and creating your own Avatar is free, users pay real money to purchase property, such as land, designer clothes and sailboats (of course); and to create things like houses, restaurants and bars for their Avatars to inhabit.

Alcatel-Lucent, the Official New Media Provider for the 32nd America’s Cup, purchased their island as part of the AmericasCupAnywhere project and, using real architects and designers, created the alterna-Port for the sailing world, the first of its kind in Second Life. They also went ahead and bought some ocean while they were at it for the express purpose of holding the Second Life Cup, a real regatta that coincides with the America’s Cup and ends on July 17th with the winner being awarded a copy of the 32nd America’s Cup video game.

Creating your own Avatar for exploring Second Life is relatively straightforward. Just go to http://www.secondlife.com and follow the instructions for downloading the free program. Of course, once you get ¨in-world¨ you may need to practice your flying, hang-gliding, and sailing skills. But don’t worry, it’s not like you’ll have to face Alinghi or anything, maybe in another life…Oh, wait a minute…

via 32nd America’s Cup Official Website – America’s Cup logs on to Second Life.

1st TOUCH Magazine

the Americas Cup races are heating up, I am staying up real late (although having a nap during the day) to watch the racing live in SL. That’s right live video feeds direct from inside SL.

Americas Cup business partner Alcatel-Lucent, who provide live video feeds from the sailing venues over the internet have also established an SL presence. Not only that but they have also developed an SL version of the AC boat.

http://www.americascupanywhere.com/internet_tv

click me! The Americas Cup Anywhere Sim in Second Life is a representation to the Americas Cup Port in Valencia Spain and house a marina for SL’s Flying Tayko fleet for Skippers taking part in the ACA Virtual Cup. Also on display is the AC fleet, a great race course and a number of places to view info about the Cup and a video wall showing the live video feeds from Alcatel-Lucent. I have been there for the Cup finals, and it’s great to be able to talk to like minded sailing buffs as it all takes place. The site was built by Florencia007 Csak and her team from 9th.com who have built a superb sim.

http://www.9th.com/

via 1st TOUCH Magazine.

PRNewswire :: Alcatel-Lucent Opens Port AmericasCupAnywhere on Second Life

VALENCIA, Spain, June 1 /PRNewswire/ — As the official New Media Provider of the 32nd America’s Cup, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has expanded into the virtual realm with the opening of Port AmericasCupAnywhere on Second Life(R), the 3D virtual world phenomena entirely built and owned by its residents. Coinciding with the final round of sailing competition beginning today in Valencia, Spain, the announcement follows Alcatel-Lucent’s launch earlier this spring of AmericasCupAnywhere, a unique suite of new media services which enable sailing fans globally to enjoy all of the sailing action whenever and wherever they want via the Internet and mobile devices.

At Port AmericasCupAnywhere, Second Life residents can watch live animated coverage of the sailing competition and access daily archives of racing action. Providing an exciting new venue for Second Life residents to learn about the technology and tactics of America’s Cup racing, Port AmericasCupAnywhere is also hosting a virtual regatta for the Second Life sailing community, allowing residents to take the helm of an America’s Cup class boat in virtual fleet and match racing.

Linking the real and virtual worlds, Port AmericasCupAnywhere also includes demonstrations of Alcatel-Lucent’s enhanced portfolio of AmericasCupAnywhere new media services which are providing video and 3D animation and gaming coverage of the 32nd America’s Cup for sailing enthusiasts from more than 150 countries during the 2007 regattas.

The new media services, available online at http://www.americascupanywhere.com/

via Alcatel-Lucent :: Alcatel-Lucent Opens Port AmericasCupAnywhere on Second Life.

Alcatel-Lucent: Virtual presence latest addition to suite of new media services delivering enhanced coverage and content

Alcatel-Lucent: Virtual presence latest addition to suite of new media services delivering enhanced coverage and content

(M2 PressWIRE Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)

RDATE:01062007

Valencia – As the official New Media Provider of the 32nd America’s

Cup, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it

has expanded into the virtual realm with the opening of Port

AmericasCupAnywhere on Second Life , the 3D virtual world phenomena

entirely built and owned by its residents. Coinciding with the final

round of sailing competition beginning today in Valencia, Spain, the

announcement follows Alcatel-Lucent’s launch earlier this spring of

AmericasCupAnywhere, a unique suite of new media services which enable

sailing fans globally to enjoy all of the sailing action whenever and

wherever they want via the Internet and mobile devices.

At Port AmericasCupAnywhere, Second Life residents can watch live

animated coverage of the sailing competition and access daily archives

of racing action. Providing an exciting new venue for Second Life

residents to learn about the technology and tactics of America’s Cup

racing, Port AmericasCupAnywhere is also hosting a virtual regatta for

the Second Life sailing community, allowing residents to take the helm

of an America’s Cup class boat in virtual fleet and match racing.

via Alcatel-Lucent: Virtual presence latest addition to suite of new media services delivering enhanced coverage and content.