Treadmill Desk

Yeah, so… apparently, spending a lot of time “walking” around a virtual world can be good for your avatar… and not so good for your typist. So a few months ago I put together a new computer and new workstation featuring a “treadmill desk.”

Do it for the typists, we’d be nothing without them!

In yesterday’s post about VB/CO Villa on Marketplace.SL I noted the inclusion of a not-entirely-Classical Treadmill Desk to the site:

As noted in the Site Plan post, our Villa is not a “real” Roman Villa, but an “inspired adaptation” considering some of the qualities of that architectural / site style in the context of both the 21st century and the dynamics of the virtual world:

The treadmill desk however is “real” — hahaha — if by “real” we mean not a “virtual original” as the villa is, but a copy of something from the physical world. It’s actually my desk as set up in my studio a few months ago.

Like NicoleX and perhaps many others I have suffered from debilitating lag that sent me up into a skybox to work in seclusion:

A while back NicoleX got satellite internet and I’m not sure what else, and changed her virtual life. VB/CO Casting Director macar00n earst also recently got a spiffy new Alienware laptop and turbo net connection and has emerged triumphantly from the shadows of poor performance / connectivity with the magnificent resurrection of the Macando Region of SL

I still get occasional server lag, occasional network lag, and yes, occasional client lag, but in general, my experience with my new computer is overwhelmingly better. And I run standard at “Ultra” graphics, 1024m draw distance, anisotropic filtering, and 16x antialiasing.

Frame Rate is life.

To fill my screen with some of Carina’s bouncing hair and have a particle effect in the background and still have over 30 fps is an amazing thing. Carina’s big hair used to take my frame rate to 1 or less.

I guess on the mainland a DD of 1024 could really be dicey, but on the “private islands” it works well. IDK why, but to see to the other end of a single region, 256m more or less, you seem to need a DD much higher than 256 – can anybody tell me what that’s about? Drop a comment if you know, please! 🙂

So, I thought I’d geek out and give you the spex on my recent new “3D Virtual World” computer:

Intel Core i7 950 Processor 3.06GHz Quad Core
ASUS P6TD Motherboard
Corsair Dominator PC12800 RAM 12GB DDR3
Cooler Master HAF X Computer Case, nVidia Edition
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200 Power Supply
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HD 10K RPM
Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA HD 7200 RPM
LG BluRay Drive

3d VR: Firestorm Beta
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Web: Rockmelt
Animate: Poser Pro 2010
Photo: Photoshop CS3
Photo: Picasa 3

nVidia GeForce GTX 580 Video Card
Samsung 116cm 1080p LED HDTV

Logitech wireless Keyboard, Mouse, Gamepad

JBL LSR4328P Bi-amplified Studio Monitors, 8″ Woofer, 1″ Tweeter, DSP Room Calibration
Primacoustic RX7 Recoil Stabilizers

Bieffe n.globus Drawing Table
Merit Fitness Treadmill

Everything except the Bieffe Drawing Table and the JBL Studio Monitors was purchased for this project. The Table & Monitors I “inherited” from my typist. Even for a “turbo gaming rig” the JBL LSR4328’s are way too expensive and way too “studio reference” to buy for gaming. Lucky me, I’m the benefactor of the typist’s radio gig.

I’ll write about my family’s lifelong adventure with Mr. James B. Lansing… tomorrow!

You can already get your free virtual copy of the treadmill desk as part of the prim-crazy VBCO Villa on Marketplace.SL:

But for those of you that don’t happen to need dozens and dozens of classical-ish columns, with tomorrow’s post I’ll also release a stand-alone version of the virtual treadmill desk, complete with “Sexy Walk!”


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Categories: Mixed Reality, Source Forge

Author:Vanessa Anne Blaylock

As a Virtual Public Artist my work invites virtual communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights.

10 Comments on “Treadmill Desk”

  1. Saturday, 02 July 2011 at 20:53 UTC #

    hahaha — well, that’ll teach me to brag about how well things run for me in SL! 😛

    Went to the Hair Fair… could barely move… got Ruth’d… couldn’t TP out…

    Yeah… full speed ahead! 😛

  2. Sunday, 03 July 2011 at 13:59 UTC #

    Impressive hardware, and excellent monitor choice dear! Size DOES matter for ‘crystal ball’ immersion!

    I’m only missing one brilliant piece of lag-busting hardware here: the 3D Connexion Space Navigator mouse…

  3. Sunday, 03 July 2011 at 14:57 UTC #

  4. Sunday, 03 July 2011 at 15:02 UTC #

    Developed in 2007 by dutch artist Marc Otte (Marcus Rhode in SL) :

    I had a go, it was clumsy immersion but bicycle navigation worked! .)

  5. Tuesday, 05 July 2011 at 04:52 UTC #

    The Treadmill Desk may be the answer that you AND your company are looking for! Now multiply that 8 hours and within a year you can drop up to 40 pounds.OK so now we are done kicking ourselves in the butt for not coming up with the idea lets see what the Treadmill Desk can do for you AND your company.

  6. Monday, 11 July 2011 at 02:25 UTC #

    Anyone else find themselves trying to cam around Vaneeesa’s studio? And what is that scary looking piece of hardware immediately to the right of your energy drink?

    Lol, tyvm for the beautiful villa and I didn’t even have to go on a “date” to receive it 😛
    I’m with ya Ze, I’d love a space navigator ( and a Wacom tablet )



  7. Tuesday, 12 July 2011 at 11:24 UTC #

    Hardware envy for sure! What a setup!


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