Thanks to the success of Slink feet and the new Slink bento hands (as well as the demand for other brands to support them) switching out certain parts has been common for quite some time. With bento becoming exceedingly popular we’re seeing more users also consider bento hands instead of their standard ones. If the term Bento doesn’t ring a bell consider checking out my Project Bento post so you’re up to speed.
Standard Mesh Hands
We’re all used to the standard Mesh hands by now. They can look nice, however they are stuck in a neutral position. Usually Mesh hands come standard with the body you purchase. Some come with a HUD to allow the user to change various details on the hands. This may include things like skin tone, nail style and color, or tattoos/markings such as freckles. Until recently Second Life hands were little more than an extension of the body.
New Bento Hands
We now have more movement options than ever before with the introduction of bento hands. In addition to the regular cosmetic options, the new hands also allow for a wider range of movement. Each finger can move individually giving us the ability to make a fist, a peace sign, or flip somebody off. So far the only set available is from Vista Animations and are for women only, but they do have a male version in testing. Slink and Maitreya have also confirmed that bento hands are on the way.
Vista Animations Sneak Peek
At the time of this post, Vista was the only current seller of bento hands. Every moving hand on this page was made with Vista’s bento hands and the HUD it comes with. Not all customization options and poses in the package are shown here. In addition, Vista has also created a full body Animation Overrider designed for use with bento. Named Miriam, the AO gives your avatar a cute, sassy style that is well worth checking out.
I encourage you to get the free demo and and try out the new full body AO at Vista Animations. Playing with it is certainly a whole lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to future updates from Vista as well as the new hands from other companies. Have you taken the plunge and picked up some Vista bento hands or are you considering it? Why or why not?
01/18/2017 – Vista Animations has released their final version of the female beta hands. Check out what’s new!
03/083-/2017 – Slink has released their bento hands! Check them out!