This is my networker of a wife’s dream, being able to tell in a public place who’s who by just firing your phone (and thus saving you the hassle of asking the waiter to investigate…. Pretty nice concept video (all fake) but illustrating brilliantly the idea.
Thinkbalm is probably the most interesting analyst group I’ve seen on the Immersive Internet field. They just released a Machinima where they present a lot of data on the status of Immersive Internet for Businesses in a very unique way. While the video might be a bit long for the web (9mins) it’s really inspiring!
I’ve been a pretty big fan of Second Life since its release. Have had a sim that we used at WaveStorm for demo purposes, vr-wear developed mods to the SL viewer with unique head facial analysis abilities and I am an active contributor to Erica Driver’s Thinkbalm focus group on the professional use of immersive Internet. Although I’m obviously a virtual worlds enthusiast, I feel the change of management and objectives at Linden Labs destroyed the dynamism of the community surrounding the project. Indeed, SL is definitely a work in…read more
That research dated from January 2008 definitely shows the path to where we’re heading with VR-WEAR,“Contact lenses with circuits, lights a possible platform for superhuman vision” A few excerpts from the article: Engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time used manufacturing techniques at microscopic scales to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights. The prototype device contains an electric circuit as well as red light-emitting diodes for a display, though it does not yet light up. The lenses were…read more
This statement : Virtual Reality is so 2008 – 2009 hype is Augmented Reality sounds awfully wrong and yet it’s something I’m witnessing a lot lately, and I’m feeling uncomfortable about this. I feel that this kind of hype is only dictated by communication agencies to have their clients make their way to the headlines. It has never had any real bound to the business side of the technology being used as hype vector. For instance in 2006 there was a huge hype around Second Life and web3D but it’s…read more
While I was shaving this morning, I just realized something really fun, I have the exact same social patterns in World of Warcraft as I have in the real life. Let me explain: in WoW I’m not really part of any guild, mostly because those are really time consuming if you want to take fully advantage of what a guild can bring to your game experience. Thus I’m mostly a lonely player, yet I still go for high goals and heavy instances by gathering people from my contact list the…read more
3D web is an amazing playground for me. While we are really early stage in terms of usage and adoption, we already have a lot of pretty amazing implementations of 3DWeb environments and while the initial hype we witnessed in 2006/2007 is now over real use cases are starting to happen. Also it’s getting harder and harder to make a difference between an online 3D game (MMORPG) such as World of Warcraft and a 3DWeb environment such as Second Life. Indeed while the latter misses NPCs and objectives and allows…read more
One of my preferred presentation at LeWeb08, gives a lot of perspective to what is tangible and what isn’t… and how to monetize emotions.
Thinkbalm‘s Erica Driver just organized a pretty funny event called “Convince the curmudgeon”: a role playing session aiming at convincing Christopher that there is business value in the Immersive Internet. Lots of amazing ideas and comments during a wild session and overall a really interesting experience including multi-channel communication process and use-case about the immersive Internet (along with a pretty nice list of do’s and don’ts by Sam Driver such as “Don’t talk about virtual world, it’s negative, use immersive internet instead” and such…). Can’t wait to read Erica’s article…read more
VintFalken has noticed a pretty amuzing use of Amazon’s EC2 elastic cloud computing : the “Sim-OnDemand” application. Basically the idea is pretty simple, if you need to host an event with a lot of people in your sim then today you need to buy a couple of server at Linden Labs, and try to get no more then 100 avatars per server if you want to deliver a decent experience to your users. The sim-OnDemand uses EC2 specificities to let you start the sim before the event, scale to allow…read more