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Augmented Reality use cases

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Although I really find Augmented Reality to be amazingly impressive as a technology, I’m still not convinced by the use cases around this technology. Of course having a “terminator”-like view of your environment can be usefull in finding Sarah Connor when she’s hiding in a crowd – but let’s face it augmented reality remains useless imho if you cannot interact seamlessly with the system to let it know precisely what data you’re interested in. Here’s another example of “Arisu” (Japanese’s Alice) your augmented reality maid… nice and kawai but useless…

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Analyst report on The Immersive Internet

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Erica Driver, which used to work at Forrester and wrote an amazing report called “Web3D the Next Major Internet Wave” moved as an independent analyst a few months ago and created Thinkbalm, an industry analyst firm / think-tank obsessed with helping businesses get advantage of Virtual Worlds. Today, Thinkbalm published its first report “The Immersive Internet: Make Tactical Moves Today For Strategic Advantage Tomorrow” and which can be downloaded for free on Thinkbalm’s blog. There are great ideas and visions in there which totally match what we are aiming at…read more

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Yummy shopping in SL

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Congrats to PO Carles and his RIL Shopping launch, first experiment of real goods shopping in SL, I attended today the yummy Bagatelle sale and it’s really fun to see all those virtual basket getting filled with real goods.

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SecondLife 2.0

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This video has been out on the web for a couple of days and while I got no clue who is at its origins, it’s a great illustration of where we are heading to with Virtual Worlds. With the improved graphics available now in any low cost PC around, along with FTTH technologies, we could reach this degree of realism within years. Add to this a bunch of cool immersion devices, and Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” gets real !

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Virtual walk in Beijing’s Forbidden City

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This virtual world was created by IBM and is a total digitized version of the Forbidden city. Just make yourself an avatar (not highly customizable I must say), and walk around the marvelous gardens. If you want a more straight approach, just grab one of the guides (NPCs) that will give you a tour around the place. That kind of use cases around virtual worlds is really amazing, while it sure isn’t photorealistic (I guess having the appropriate high-res textures would be the only reason to justify FTTH projects) it…read more

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Mind Mapping in SL

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Just had a great demo by SL’s Dusan Writer of an extremly interesting inworld mind mapping tool (on remedy‘s island). While Gartner estimated in 2007 that by 2011 over 50 Million people will have a “Second Life” in one of the various online worlds (which if you think about it is about the size of the French populations), it’s pretty interesting to see how use cases develop and new usages expand making it possible to actually reach those figures. While Linden Lab’s SL got a lot of exposure and hype…read more

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Change your PSP into an HMD

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I totally forgot that in 2005, Metal Gear Acid 2 was expected to sell with an accessory for the PSP enabling 3D vision of some scenes of the game. Seeing the form factor of the accessory in 2008 just had me burst out into one of the heavier laughter of the month… Picture from engadget Technorati Tags: hmd, psp

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Orange Innovation Week

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Last intervention today during a panel about “Hands Free Navigation & Avatar Expression”. Thanks again extralab for organizing all this – very interesting discussions out there. I’m still a bit confused about being on a text-chat panel with 100 ppl interupting on the same chat channel – that felt weird and a bit hard to follow, but really funny. I prefer voice a lot! btw the big avatar on the bottom of the screen is Silverlight Linden – you know what they say, the bigger the avatar… 😉 Technorati Tags:…read more

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