Oriental Dispatch: ai sp@ce, iA, ARis
Konnichiwa(hello!). I picked up some interesting services in Japan.
Dwango, a game developer for mobilephones, has launched http://aisp.jp/ this week. "ai sp@ce" is a virtual world. It's kinda lobby for game lovers. You can't create buidings or clothings in this world, but create game-scenarios and can sell them. Quite interesting.
It's similar to weblin or RocketOn, but at iA, avatars appears on your desktop(like wallpaper). When you change URL of your web-broser, the place in iA will change automatically. I mean each URL has its own place.
iA is still in closed beta.
Last one is not a virtual-world-thing. But I guess many readers will have an interest in it.
"ARis" is kind of a virtual pet using Augumented Reality. A small girl appears on PC via web camera. You can poke her with sticks or give clothes.
Its price is 9800 yen(
US$9.8 US$98.00). A little bit expensive?
UPDATE: Sorry, i made a mistake at the price of ARis. Thanks to shiela-san for letting me know that.