After noticing the fantastic, humanoid avatars I recently spotted in Blue Mars, reader Nat Merit wondered if we'll ever see extremely small avatars, like the tinies popular in Second Life. I put the question to Avatar Reality's Community Manager Glenn Goodliffe (also his name in SL), and here's what he said:
The short answer is 'not yet'. Right now, the Blue Mars animation cage is optimized for the current avatar size. This is why the animations are smooth and the two-avatar anims are pretty well synchronized. The current set-up limits the size variation to about 10% of the original size.
That said, he suggested very large or tiny avatars are on the roadmap:
Avatar [Reality] has plans to make the avatars much more scalable and flexible in the future. In addition there are plans to enable custom meshes, rigging and custom animations for those meshes.
So look for an evolution of avatar shapes and sizes in coming months. Meantime, know some fantastic avatars in Blue Mars I should meet next? Please post in Comments, or email me, hamlet at bluemarsonline dot com.