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avatars.jpgThe latest thing in virtual reality is real life. Like I said, offline is the new online.
Michael Buckbee, a real-life resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and founder of the startup Fabjectory, is selling 3- to 7-inch, custom-created real statuettes of digital objects coded by denizens of Second Life. They go for under $100, according to Wired.
While many companies, such as Reebok and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, have translated real-life products — shoes and a new hotel chain, respectively — into the virtual domain of Second Life, few companies have gone the other way. Starbase C3 creates model vehicles from Second Life creations. Recursive Instruments announced plans to turn Second Life objects into works of foam and plastic. But Buckbee’s already up and running.