Het is ongelooflijk waar je in Amerika patent op kan aanvragen, een entertainment portal genaamd Worlds.com heeft patent gekregen op een client/server omgeving voor 3D werelden.

Het bedrijf vermoed dat dit patent op dit moment al in gebruik is in multi-user games, e-Commerce, web design, adverteren en entertainmentstukken op het 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.

Worlds.com weet het volgende erover te zeggen:

"We will also review other 3D sites who may be using our technology to ensure we are fully compensated."

Ik denk niet dat dit patent lang stand zal houden, maar het is ongelooflijk dat het patent eigenlijk al is toegekend.