In the same way as Second Life, ‘There’ now has free registration so you can log into the environment without having to type in your credit card details. ‘There’ is described as ‘an online getaway where you can hang out with your friends and meet new ones–all in a lush 3D environment that’s yours to explore!’ As the movie illustrates ‘There’ has a more cartoony look than Second Life and is all the better for it. There is also the option of ‘Premium Membership’ for $9.95 which includes Voice Chat and various other upgrades, although the free account is quite adequate for first steps and getting to know the world.
As ever with these worlds we are interested in importing our own objects, we are looking into this and if we manage it will of course post details along with another movie. ‘There’ is free and if you look beyond the ‘fun’ element and into the possibilities for collaborative visualisation and architecture then it offers a number of interesting options.