SOURCE: iBloks

November 09, 2006 07:00 ET

iBloks Unleashes the First Virtual Marketplace and Community for Designers to Promote 3D Creations Directly to Consumers

iBloks Mod Designer Program Empowers Designers to Promote Their Creations Through the iBloks Shop; Teams up With Electric Rain® to Offer Mod Designer Tools and Creative Genius™ Contest

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 9, 2006 -- iBloks, Inc. today announced the first virtual marketplace and community to connect 3D designers directly to consumers. Designers can now promote and sell high-quality, immersive mods through the iBloks Shop that can easily be personalized by consumers. iBloks leverages 3D modeling tools developed by industry-leader Electric Rain and is kicking off its iBloks Mod Designer program with the Creative Genius Mod Contest to inspire and reward the creative efforts of designers using Electric Rain products.

iBloks Mod Designer Program

Through the iBloks Mod Designer Program and Electric Rain's 3D authoring tools, designers now have a complete solution for offering 3D virtual objects to consumers. On the tools side, designers can use Electric Rain's popular Swift 3D® or Zam 3D™ software to quickly and easily create high-quality iBloks mods with no programming required. "We are excited to be working with iBloks to empower designers to create these unique multimedia experiences," said Mike Soucie, president and CEO of Electric Rain. "Swift 3D and Zam 3D allow designers to create inspiring mods that will delight a whole new consumer audience that have never been reached before."

Once designed, all mods can be offered through the iBloks Shop for free or sold under a 50/50 revenue sharing agreement. iBloks may offer to purchase mods from the designers as well.

iBloks Creative Genius Mod Designer Contest

iBloks is also encouraging designers from around the world to enter its Creative Genius Mod Designer contest between now and December 10th for a chance to win a 50'' plasma HDTV, with four runner-up prizes that include an HD DVD player, HD A/V receiver, Sony PlayStation Portable and Apple Video iPod. All winners will be given the choice of selling their mods under the revenue-sharing program described above or having their mod purchased by iBloks. In addition, every entrant will receive a free copy of the iBloks Music Mixer with a microphone -- a $29.99 value. Past winners include design experts Stephen Barker, Neil McGarry (, J. Maxamillion Noad, and Derek Loewen ( Previous winning entries can be viewed at

"iBloks allows designers to easily unleash their creativity in 3D to people everywhere," said Julia Miller, president and CEO of iBloks. "Just as Xbox Live built a marketplace for gamers, iBloks has now built a marketplace for designers. We're freeing people from their 2D experiences and enabling them to create and share rich, high-quality visual experiences by showcasing the exciting designs from designers around the world."

The iBloks Unified Service Platform

iBloks platform is powered by next-generation Vista graphic technology making it easy for designers to create directly in iBloks. iBloks is one of the first commercial applications to integrate the Windows Presentation Foundation into a consumer software product, which operates on Windows XP and lights up on Vista.

The unified services platform is a turnkey method for people to easily mix multiple media types together using "drag and drop" functionality to instantly create and experience unlimited sharing of their personal iBloks via email, IM, social networks, web pages or blogs. As a result, iBloks accelerates the imagination of individuals and communities to create and share stunning digital works of art.

More information about the iBloks Mod Designer Program and Creative Genius Contest can be found at

About iBloks

Founded in 2005, iBloks' mission is to revolutionize personalized entertainment™ and self-expression by providing a creative, fun and easy-to-use digital media platform that is designed to push the creative boundaries of consumers and communities. For additional information, please visit iBloks at:

iBloks, the iBloks logo, personalized entertainment, and Mix.Share.Play. are trademarks of iBloks, Inc. All other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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