International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

A computer-implemented technique that is a computer-programmed product, and data processing systems alert real-world representations of an action in the virtual world. A response is received from a virtual world which displays an avatar in interaction with an object that is virtual. A profile of the historical avatar is created when an avatar is interaction with the virtual object. A notification trigger is transmitted to an electronic device external to the virtual world where the avatar has engaged with the virtual object, wherein the notification includes the profile of the historical.

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is generally referred to a computer-implemented method, a data processing system and a computer-programmed product. The present invention is more specifically a computer-implemented technique, a data processor system as well as a computer program product that can provide services in a virtual environment.

2. Description of Related Art

A virtual universe (VU) is also referred to as , “3D Internet” or “3D Internet”, a computer-based simulation environment. Virtual universes are a few examples. Second Life.RTM., Entropia Universe, The Sims Online.RTM., There, and Red Light Center.Other examples of virtual universes include online multiplayer games like EverQuest.RTM., Ultima Online.RTM., Lineage.RTM., and World of Warcraft.RTM. (WoW).

Virtual universes can be visualized with three-dimensional (3D) pictures and landscapes. The elements and properties of the virtual world often look like the elements of reality, for instance in the sense of homes, physics, and landscapes. Virtual universes are full of thousands of users. Some users are referred to as “residents” in the virtual universe.

The virtual universe can interactwith, navigate, and inhabit the virtual world with avatars. An avatar is a graphic representation of a user who other users of the virtual world can view and interact with. The avatar’s appearance and appearance are usually determined by the user. It is often cartoonish like an individual human. The avatars may also adopt non-human appearances such as animals, fairies and trolls.

A viewable field refers the visible area of an individual user. A user’s viewable fields could include avatars or objects of other users. A thing is an object in a virtual world that is not a representation of an individual. An object may include, for instance, buildings, statues or billboards, signposts and even advertisements in the virtual universe. The field that a viewer can view for an individual user is calculated by the virtual universe grid software in accordance with the geometries and texturesthat are currently loaded in the virtual universe client of the user. Based on the processing of data sent by each client in the virtual universe, the virtual universe grid decides the length of time a user is able to be able to view an object.

There are many objects in virtual worlds. There are times when one or more objects in the field of view for a specific user may be obstructed from view by other objects in the virtual environment such that the user is unable observe the one or more obstructed objects. The sign could be obscured behind a bigger sign or statue. Certain objects may be difficult to locate due to their location and other characteristics such as lighting or color.

A computer-implemented technique or a computer program product, and a data processing systems alert a real world representative for an event within a virtual world. An indication of an avatar in the virtual world, interacting with a virtual objectis received. A profile of the historical avatar is generated as a result of an avatar communicating with an object that is virtual. A notification trigger is then forwarded to an electronic device external of the virtual world in which the avatar has interacted with the virtual object, wherein the notification contains the profile of the historical.

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