Today we bring to you the new version of m33t – 0.4.0. It brings an update that shows the direction of m33t’s development: multiple scenes. Next to the scene which you know from the previous versions of m33t, now called VersatileValley, we have a more compact and serious ConferenceCentre. Type @ after the room name to set the scene for the room.The scene is part of the room’s name, so you can m33t, for example, in yourawesomeroom@ConferenceCentre.
A second new feature in m33t is screen sharing. In the ConferenceCentre scene, as well as in the conference hall in the VersatileValley’s castle, you can share your screen from the presenter’s podium. This is an alternative to uploading a presentation as images.
Finally, we have put microphones on the tables. Activating a microphone allows you to speak to everybody in the room.
eMaze is a virtual artistic installation in m33t by Przemysław Scheller, an award-winning contemporary music composer renown for his mastery of electronic music. In collaboration with a visual artist Ashley Pink he created the installation as answer to the cultural and social lockdown.
This immersive online installation is not only an authentic, artistic experience. Additionally, it takes up the challenge of maintaining the social nature of cultural events. It is intended to be visited together with others, everybody in his own home, yet sharing the experience and interacting before, during and after the visit.
The installation opens on January 28. at 20:00 UTC+01 in a special room “eMaze“. First an online vernissage will take place with the creators. After it the exhibition will stay open for everybody.
There is only a single eMaze room and it is always limited to 20 simultaneous visitors. This is intentional. Sometimes you may not be able to get in, but often you will m33t others during your visit!
In order to visit eMaze you will need a computer with headphones, a microphone and a camera. Make sure you have a quiet, distraction-free environment to fully experience the installation. Download m33t 0.4 and type eMaze as the room name. You will have to grant the program access to the camera and microphone so that others can see and hear you.
We encourage you to resist the urge to jump in immediately and to plan a visit with a group of friends!
Today we are releasing a minor update to m33t: 0.3.1. You can grab it from the homepage.
We have unified the way you can interact with the objects in the world: now it is always clicking or, equivalently, pressing E. We have also added boards that inform you when images are being uploaded or downloaded. And we have fixed some bugs for you 🙂
We are proud to present m33t 0.3. You can download it on the front page.
We added a big new functionality: sharing images. In the world there are screens which you can approach to upload one or more images. If you uploaded more, maybe for a presentation, you can switch between them. For now we only support png files, but support for other file types will come, too.
The second big addition is a new location: ruins of a medieval castle that have been adopted for a conference centre. In the castle you will find a conference hall, a space for poster sessions and rooms to spread out for networking and side discussions.
We also largely improved performance. We are devoted to making m33t laptop-friendly and as lightweight as possible.
Is is our pleasure to give you the next release of m33t. You can download it from the home page. As always, we focused on what makes m33ting a good and natural experience.
First: launching. Starting with this release m33t is signed for both macOS and Windows. Modern operating systems are very careful, and rightfully so, as users often are not, so you will still see a warning. MacOS will warn you, that you downloaded the app from the internet, rather than the App Store, but will also mention, that Apple has screened m33t and found no malicious software. This is the case for every app not distributed via the App Store. Windows on the other hand has a “Windows Defender SmartScreen” feature, which at the beginning always displays the warning informing you who digitally signed the software (the publisher). With time, as more and more people express their trust by clicking “More info” and “Run anyway”, Microsoft decides to stop displaying the warning.
Then we included a more cosy way to socialise. There is now a house in m33t! It is neatly furnished and, as promised, you can sit on the chairs, couches (and by the fire, too).
Finally, we have refined the m33t avatar. Specifically, the “head” indicates in which direction one is looking. Awareness of where the attention of others is directed is a crucial element in a deep social interaction – what m33t strives to give you.
We continue to work hard and there is still more to come!
Another feature we are busy working on is full-screen sharing. It is a versatile must-have for an online interaction.
We have all stared at enough screen-shared powerpoints this year. Now we want to give you the option to jump right into dynamic discussions right after the presentation has ended. Or even earlier, if it is boring. Or before. Just like you would in a real-life meeting.
We have to admit we underestimated the importance of sitting for social interaction. Turns out it sitting is not only about relieving your legs. When people sit together they commit to a longer conversation. They may pick a place with a limited number of seats, thus communicating to others that they do not want to be disturbed. Finally, standing up is a convenient, but at the same time powerful message signifying the end of conversation.
Naturally we want to have all that subtlety in m33t.