This is a concept I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I think what SL could use is a custom keypad with all the main functions mapped right onto clearly marked and accessibly placed keys. I’ve done a basic mock-up of what this might look like, using the Fang Gamepad as a template. Click on the image for the full controller mock-up. Yes, I have mad Photoshop skilz, I know.
I could imagine a few useful applications of this:
- For folks you are trying to get to try SL, this might be a good "starter keyboard." I.e. something to get your girlfriend, husband, or mom to try it out.
- There might be an "SL Deluxe Pack" with the keypad, the Second Life Guidebook, and a one-year membership for $100.
- For celebrities who are just planning on rezzing into SL for a
one-shot gig, they might be more comfortable with a smaller, clearly
labeled controller rather than a full keyboard. The SL organizers
could even build in custom functions into the keypad, like hit "1" to
start up the Skype chat and "2" to begin playing your instrument.
- Gamers might want to add a console feel to their SL gaming by using a keypad that they can customize for maximum pwnage.
Chime up in the comments if you think this might be a marketable product. Hell, if World of Warcraft can have a custom keyboard, I don’t see why Second Life can’t.