Find your eccentricities
@ Xntra City!
Welcome to Xntra City!
Xntra City was founded on the idea that eccentric people shape our humanity.
"Anyone can have the idea that makes it all work. This is our philosophy at Xntra City. Even though it takes scientists and artists to make it happen, it always starts with an individual to push the vision."
Artists and scientists finding solutions to the challenges of our world.
About Xntra City
A Place for the Blanks
Vladimir Rakosi of Xntra City, aka Bryan Haynes of Pacifica, California produced bright colorful robots in RL (real life) that helped people communicate. "We entered the virtual world of Secondlife in order to walk through underground structures we were creating on another project and realized we should use the Blanks as the avatars."
What's a Blank?
In 2001 Blanks started off as colorful plastic robots you could buy online. They would stand on their base and say what you want them to. They could deliver messages and give directions.
The Blank Product
The Blanks were actually called the Anonymous Blanks because they were just a blank robot until the user chose the color, personality, voice, dialogue, animations and custom costume.
Blanks did not walk around instead they stood on a black base and had velcro on the souls of their feet. They were designed after hand-held plastic push-up toys from the 70's.
Blanks use a dual expression mouth, turn their heads and animate their shoulders and arms.
The Blanks ran from a portable CD player connected to their back. We called it the Personality CD.
In 2006 Vladimir Rakosi was looking to create a virtual walk through for his underground structure designs when he came across Second Life, a 3D gaming platform where individuals could create their own content and make it available to the entire Second Life community.
Vladimir was so inspired by all the different avatars in Second Life he thought it was the perfect place to introduce the Anonymous Blank Robots and people would be able to dress them up any way they like. Blanks started off as communication robots, what a perfect place to communicate.
"At this stage it was great to see the Blanks walking aground. In those days the only walking robots were Aibo from Sony and P3 from Honda, the amazing P3.
Seeing the Blanks walk around was amazing, especially because they were independently controlled. All of a sudden we were surrounded by Blanks.
Finally we needed a place for the Blanks to hang out and we introduced Xntra City to Second Life, a place where the Blanks could call home."
You would be surprised at the types of Blanks we need at Xntra City.
The Anonymous Blanks Group
The Anonymous Blanks is the Official Blank Community Group of Xntra City. Our eccentric community is passionate, outspoken and inclusive in our appreciation of everything eccentric.
Enjoy a simple life with one task to focus on: saving the world. The Blanks subscribe to two philosophies: "Anything is Possible" and "We are All in this Together"
Bring your eccentricities! Be the first to hear about what's going on at Xntra City and come hang out with the Blanks!
Are you a Blank?
Xntra City has always been represented by the Anonymous Blank Robots. The Anonymous Blanks were designed as simple humanoid robots with one mission, to save the world. So are you a Blank and maybe a little eccentric? When wearing a Blank avatar in a virtual world you feel different. You will be driven towards your mission as a Blank avatar.
Xntra City Balloon Store
A Balloon for Every Occasion!
Xntra City Balloon store was established in 2006 in the virtual world of Second Life. Xntra City Balloons sells mylar and latex balloons, balloon arches, balloon columns, banners and related balloon products.
Xntra City Balloons supports Xntra City and the Second Life community. Our best selling balloon is "I am Sorry", go figure.
Tell us how we can serve you!