News Awarded U.S. Patent for Scalable 3D Client Server, a 3D virtual reality entertainment portal on the Internet, today announced that it was awarded
April 25, 2001, a 3D virtual reality entertainment portal on the Internet, today announced that it was awarded U.S. patent 6,219,045 for its scalable 3D server technology from the United States Patent Office. The Company believes the patent may apply to currently, in use, multi-user games, e-Commerce, web design, advertising and entertainment areas of the Internet. The technology provides a highly scalable architecture for a three dimensional, multi-user, interactive virtual world system. In its most broad embodiment, the patent allows multiple users to interact in a three-dimensional, computer-generated graphical space where each user executes a client process to view a virtual world from the perspective of that user. The virtual world shows avatars representing the other users who are neighbors of the user viewing the virtual world. The view can be updated to reflect the motion of the remote user's avatars because motion information is transmitted to a central server processor that provides position updates to client processes for neighbors of the user at that client process. The client process also employs an environment database to determine which background objects to render as well as to limit the number of displayable avatars to a maximum number of avatars displayable by that client. "Our intention is to market this technology to our current partners as well as to organizations, companies and other sites that have been looking for new and unique ways to involve mass audiences in their products, applications and services," said a spokesperson, "We will also review other 3D sites who may be using our technology to ensure we are fully compensated."

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