Linden Lab announced a few days ago that Mesh is coming to Second Life this Summer. I’m pretty excited about this, even though I know nothing about Mesh or how much it will change SL as we know it.
My friend Yabusaka Loon sent me a Full-Body Mesh Female avatar to try on the Aditi (Beta Grid). In order to test any mesh items on the beta grid, you have to pull up the World Map and search for “Mesh” and teleport to any of the Mesh sims.
I immediately ran to a Mesh sim to try on this avatar and whoa! It’s pretty incredible looking. At first glance, this is similar to the SL avatar we have now, but upon closer look, the hands and feet are much nicer.
Yabusaka’s Mesh av comes with a HUD to change 3 different facial expressions, and 3 different hand poses (Left and Right hand can be different).
What I noticed about this particular Mesh Av, is that it can use a lot of items I have in my inventory already. I can use texture eyes, prim hair, poses, and even some accessories. I am wearing Mesh lashes in the photos above , but I can probably wear my regular prim lashes too.
Yabu has more info about the Mesh Avatar on this website.
You can even create a whole new face, using the Yabusaka Mesh Head Generator, as I have done above. All pics in this post are used wearing the ‘default’ shape, but I love round faces with full lips, so I tried to create that with the sliders on the website. If I ever get a copy of the Mesh Gogo face, I’ll show you guys!
I am kind of sad we can’t just go into Appearance Mod and modify our faces though; with Mesh, it doesn’t work that way
If any skin creator wants to give these Mesh Av a try, please contact Yabusaka Loon in-world!
It’s too early to tell if these mesh avatars will be embraced or rejected by SL residents. I am hopeful that it will be just another fun thing for SL residents to play with, and I look forward to what some of my favorite creators will release. SQUEEE!!
/Update – June 6th, 2011/
Yabusaka has added a range of Pink Fuel skins to the Mesh Head Generator!
Mochi is so awesome for letting Yabu use her skins <3 I think that a great skin makes a HUGE difference, as you can see in the above image, the face is instantly more realistic and lovelier.