New York, NY (PressExposure) June 05, 2009 -- In a design studio in Portugal, a complete recreation of Lisbon's Royal Opera House, destroyed by the Great Earthquake of 1755, has taken shape again. Part of an exploration of virtual worlds, archaeology, and cultural heritage, the Opera House was designed by Beta Technologies, which has offices in New York and several European cities.
Much of Beta Technologies' work is for the virtual world of Second LifeÂ®, which presents enticing opportunities for audiences to experience architecture, art, and design in 3D. Music and dance gain new enthusiasts in its simulated environments. Nonprofits are holding fund-raisers there. And arts organizations, much like global companies IBM and Northrop Grumman, are using Second Life for holding business meetings and interacting with various constituencies. From networking to learning opportunities, all the benefits of meeting face-to-face are real though the environment is virtual.
"Companies that are thinking of establishing a business presence in a virtual world need a solutions consultant that is serious about business," says Jeff Bush, managing director, Beta Technologies in the U.S. The firm is like a website designer for virtual worlds, and has just been named a Gold Solution Provider by Linden LabÂ®, creator of the virtual world Second LifeÂ®. After a rigorous qualification process, Beta Technologies has been certified for its expertise in creating solutions for design and programming in Second Life.
In announcing the Gold Solution Provider Program, Linden Lab stated, "We are excited about taking this step to recognize the excellence and experience and provide further support of Solution Providers operating on the Second Life Grid."