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Fashion Research Institute is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement between FRI and Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc, to bring new content to participants in the PFH project that provides treatment services to rural youth after they leave residential treatment.
“Preferred Family Healthcare is convinced that the ability of people to interact in new exciting ways, using innovative technology, will lead the way to solutions to long-existing challenges as well as improving the delivery of critical services in the future,” says Dick Dillon, Senior VP, Planning and Development at Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc.
Having developed content in OpenSim since 2007, Fashion Research Institute is well aware of the lack of premium content that most organizations experience when they first bring an initiative into OpenSim.
“High-quality avatar customization content can help assure the success of any immersive effort because the process of customizing an avatar aligns users with this digital representation of themselves. We were delighted to have the
opportunity to collaborate with Preferred Family Healthcare on their OpenSim-based counseling initiative by providing them with high-quality, PG-rated avatars and additional customization content,” says FRI CEO Shenlei Winkler.
FRI provided the PHF project with 2 full avatars in 6 skin tones for male and females in multiple facial hair and makeup options, as well as a range of additional clothing, jewelry, shoes, and hairstyles. All skins have been created for a PG audience.
Dillon goes on to remark, “Through amazing collaborations such as this, we are beginning to see the enormous promise we have before us, and to realize what we can do, together, with these remarkable tools.”