I know many of my friends are anxious to learn more about Project Bento in SL. Particularly how it will affect their ability to edit and alter their head just as they could with a “system” head using “Edit My Shape”.
Above you see the menu on the SL Viewer beta viewer. You can download the viewer here, you’ll need to have the beta viewer to use any of the features. Before you think I’ve lost my sight – I chose not to do any editing for these photos and instead focus on the features – and I do not have a skin to match the Lola head. =]
As you can see on the Editing Shape menu, once again you’ll have the ability to change your facial features – from overall head size, to head shape, eye depth, width (corners up/down, etc – you get the idea) In this case I chose to play a bit with the “nose” menu.
As you see, there’s plenty of flexibility for altering the size of a feature – say one’s nose. Overall size, bridge, width, nostril width, etc.
The new bento system has added 106 “bones” to the SL avatar skeleton. Most of the bones are those responsible for face shape, facial expression and hand/finger movements.
There are other bones added as well – along with more attachment points here is a partial listing of new bones:
- 11 extra limb bones for wings, additional arms, or extra legs.
- 6 tail bones
- 30 bones in the hands (all 10 fingers!)
- 30 bones for facial expressions
- 2 other new bones in the head for animating ears or antennae
- 13 new attachment points associated with the new bones
Not only will you have more ability to customize and personalize your head (and hands as well as other areas such as rear limbs, tails, etc.) this will allow for an increased rage of facial expressions and gestures. Also the added bones will help in providing more flexibility for a wide range of avatar types.
I’m interested in seeing what next steps we see with animation, with new heads and other types of avatar changes – the increased hand movement will be nice as well.
Just remember, when you’re using the beta viewer, others won’t be able to see your Bento head; what they’ll see is just this:
Any of you who are curious, grab a beta head and the Bento viewer. Those of us using third party viewers will simply have to wait and see when they are ready to release their bento enabled products.
Lola Preview Head byAkeruka
Senuna Hair byeXxEsS
Loose Knit Sweater in white byTETRA
Please keep in touch, and let me know your thoughts about Bento and the future of SL avatars!
And thanks for reading!