Tuesday, September 16, 2014

JVWR 2nd Call for Editors: Real Virtual Hardware Issue

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2nd Call for Editors: Real Virtual Hardware

September 16, 2014

We are looking for a Prime Editor and 1-2 co-editors (you can join as a group) to lead this “Real Virtual Hardware” issue due to be published 2015Q3. If you have an interest and background in the field, as well as experience in academic editing, please send us your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are the perfect person to the task. Email the lot to info@jvwresearch.org.

These days’ news is all about technology: Apple WatchSamsung’s Gear VR headset for smartphones; Oculus Rift acquisition by Facebook; and more. This period is therefore a timely occasion to examine the importance of Virtual Reality hardware and its current and future presence in the market.

Virtual worlds are now being augmented with hardware that includes: We are looking for research papers on and not limited to:
  • Description of current and new hardware
  • Research on new interfaces
  • New market analyses that stems from new hardware
  • Users perception & insights
  • Market impacts
  • And more
Final decision about the editor will be made by end of October or earlier based on the information we get.

For more details about editors’ role and requirements see JVWR site --> About JVWR --> For Editors.
Publication is planned for Q3 of 2015.
Potential authors are invited to think about these subjects. An official call will be placed by the issue editor, once selected.

Further Information:
The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (http://www.jvwresearch.org/) is an online, open access academic journal that engages a wide spectrum of scholarship and welcomes contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that intersect virtual worlds’ research. The field of virtual worlds’ research is a continuously evolving area of study that spans across many disciplines and the JVWR editorial team looks forward to engaging a wide range of creative and scholarly work.

For any further information regarding this call, please contact: tzafnat.shpak AT jvwresearch DOT org We are looking forward to your proposals for an intriguing new issue,

Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan                            Tzafnat Shpak
Editor In-Chief                                       Coordinating Editor

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Should I move from Microsoft Watch to Apple iWatch (10 min movie about iWatch)

This is my watch today (it is 20 years old).  The top of the line of Microsoft and Timex. It had a sensor, memory, connectivity... and lots of "coolness".  Now iApple

See this video.  10 min. of it... I just grabbed it from YouTube...

Should I switch?

Join the Digital Innovation Challenge of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The Digital Innovation Challenge of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is an annual essay competition for students to explore how digital innovations influence business and society.

Visit LSE Challenge website for more details.

Two separate prizes one for last year undergraduates and one for Master students. Take the opportunity to explore a new interesting topic or develop your current work further to win great prizes!

The challenge is open for final year undergraduate and master’s level students in any field.

1. Choose an area of interest (i.e. Social media and democracy, e-Government, Open Source, Privacy & Security, Big Data; e-Businees, Organisational forms, business models, etc etc) and discuss a specific phenomenon of Digital Innovation

2. Review related body of work: academic journals, practitioner literature such as industry websites and other reliable sources.

3. Construct an argument where the main ideas and concepts from the literature are clear and well organised.

Each participating university will in December 2014 nominate one winner for each category (undergraduate and master students) to enter the global competition.

Visit LSE Challenge website for more details.

Eligibility & Rules.

The Prize
If your essay is nominated by your university and also be one of the two overall winners then....

You will be invited to visit one of the leading centers in Digital Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science for one week
(yes, travel & accommodation expenses are covered!)

You will have the opportunity present and discuss your ideas with faculty and staff at the LSE and join the global debate by attending lectures and seminars!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

How Do Fictional User Interfaces Influence Today’s Motion Controls?

Source: Alex Colgan http://blog.leapmotion.com/fictional-uis-influence-todays-motion-controls/

The Leap Motion Controller doesn't exist in a vacuum. Across fiction, gaming, and art, we can see a rich history of motion control concepts and devices, and understanding what makes them successful is hugely important to building the next generation of real-world interfaces.

In this two-part video, we look at some of the most compelling interfaces in modern fiction – from Minority Report and Matrix Reloaded to The Avengers and Ender’s Game.

Part 1

Part 2

Read more about it here.

what you need to know about fictional user interfaces (FUIs):

Power and mastery. Future user interfaces aren't always realistic, but the best ones reflect our innermost desires and create expectations on a cultural level. We want motion control to make us feel powerful and in control of our environment.

Immersion and flow. Human beings crave immersion and “flow,” where we feel a sense of exhilaration when our bodies or minds are stretched to their limits. Time stands still and we feel transported into a higher level of reality. But to sustain flow, our skills must meet proportionately complex challenges in a dynamic system. When we push our skills to meet each rising challenge, we achieve flow.

Immersion and anti-immersion. What happens when the interface meets the road? Developers and designers use motion controls for different things, and while immersion is often a major goal in gaming, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. As designers, we can play with many of these expectations to create new experiences. You can never ignore them, but you can subvert them.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lantern Part 2 of 2 - new Issue by the JVWR


Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

We are happy to announce the publication of the 2nd part of JVWR Lantern issue:

Volume 7, Number 2:

Lantern (Part 2 of 2)

The editorial team:
  • Yesha Sivan, Metaverse-Labs Ltd. & Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College, Israel
  • Abhishek Kathuria, The University of Hong Kong
  • David Gefen, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Maged Kamel Boulos, University of Plymouth, Devon, UK
In this issue, we take a review lantern and shed some light on some of this field’s aspects. Clearly, we do not cover everything. We will often see shadows and not the full image. Ultimately, we hope to encourage further exploring of the field.

The Lantern issue is published in two parts: Part 1 was published on Q1/2014.

Issue Editors' Corner Peer Reviewed Research Papers This issue concludes the publication of JVWR's Lantern issue with more unique reviews of the Virtual Worlds' field.

Enjoy your read!

More from the JVWR
  • We are taking our book publication (by Springer) to the next level:  Tentatively titled "The Handbook on 3D3C Virtual Worlds" this book will include new comprehensive chapters as well as enhancements of the manuscripts published in both parts of the Lantern issue. A large and unique review on Virtual Worlds.
  • We encourage researchers and scholars of technical aspects of virtual worlds, including Augmented Reality, Virtual money and new hardware technologies - to submit research papers to the JVWR.
    We are looking forward to hearing from you!
  • Enjoy reading previous published papers from all issues page on our web site.
  • Subscribe to our mailing list (on the top left of http://www.jvwresearch.org) to receive JVWR news and updates (no spam guaranteed).
  • Join our Facebook page (TheJVWR) And follow us on twitter @TheJVWR.
Have a great summer vacation,

Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan
Editor In-chief

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Monday, June 30, 2014

My MIXiii 2014 Summary: Peres, Liu, 6000 people and me

Left to right: Prof. Yesha Sivan, Israel President Shimon Perese , and
H.E. Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier, State Council, P.R.China
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to co-chair the MIXiii 2014 conference -- where we mixed Israel, Innovation and the International audience, etc. This is a short summary of my perspective mostly to capture my own learning as well as the highlights from MIXiii PR firm.

To my own lessons: we got over 1000 pictures, and I chose this one that portray some of these forces.
  • President Shimon Peres, a leader who embodies the spirit of innovation for the last 60 years. May we wish him the best in the years to come. 
  • H.E. Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier, State Council, P.R.China -- she symbolizes the growing importance of China and the east. In fact, over 400 people came to MIXiii from China, and about 200 people from India. 
  • Woman all around; you will notice in the background at least four women  -- in fact there are less men than women in the picture. I think this is a telling sign.
Well, President Peres represents Isarel, Madam Liu represents the International. The people around -- led by ladies --  represent Innovation, and I - I represent the MIX :-)

Building such a mixed conference is always hard: lots of competing agendas and lots of egos. But at the end we made it. Many thanks to the co-chairs Yoav Chelouche (my Co-chair for the high-tech side), Ruth Alon and Benny Zeevi (from the BioMed Side). Of course to Avi Hason, the Government Chief Scientist who drove the government side and really enforced the international side of the event, and to to the team led by Lyne Ann. 

Highlights: MIXiii Israel Innovation Conference, May 20-22, 2014

  • MIXiii Opened With Fireside Chat With President Shimon Peres

  • Over 6,000 In Attendance

  • 300-Person Chinese Delegation

  • Large delegations also present are from India and Hong Kong.

The MIXiii Israel Innovation Conference, a first-of-its-kind event in the world, began on Tuesday, May 20 at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. Hundreds of startups and well-known companies presented innovations at this unique conference in which both Life Sciences and High-tech events were running side-by-side, each exhibiting in separate venues, with the audience free to move from one location to the other without limitation. MIXiii was presented by Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI), the largest umbrella organization in Israel for the high tech and life science sectors. For more info, contact IATI here.

The event began with a Welcome Event hosted by MIXiii’s Chairpersons. Yoav Chelouche welcomed tech guests and Ruti Alon welcomed the BioMed and Life Science tech community. Israel's Chief Scientist Avi Hasson welcomed China's Vice Premier H.E Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier, State Council, P.R China, who delivered the keynote speech. Liu highly praised Israeli innovation and spoke about the warm relations and bond between China and Israel.

Vice Premier H.E Mme. Liu Yandong: "China sees Israel as an important partner for innovation. Our two countries are complementary to each other in science and technology. We should explore the potential of sci-tech cooperation and facilitate joint research and development in a wide range of areas, so as to upgrade China-Israel cooperation to a new level."

This year’s conference had a special focus on China, underlined by the attendance of a 300-member Chinese delegation. There were also very large delegations this year from India and Hong Kong.

The keynote speech was followed by a Fireside Chat with The Honorable President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, hosted by Wired UK Magazine Editor, David Rowan. The highlight of the chat was definitely President Peres taking a selfie with David’s camera. The photo is already going viral across Twitter!

There were a number of significant announcements made during the event, including:

  • Microsoft Israel announced its next accelerator program, with BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, which will focus on health tech.
  • Israel inked several tech agreements with China’s Silicon Valley, with 350 delegates from China in attendance.
  • Samsung Electronics' President Jung Son, announced new investments in digital health.  According to Jung Son, the company will expand its operations in medical monitoring and will invest in several Israeli companies operating in the field.
  • US pharmaceutical giant Merck (known in Israel as MSD) signed a cooperation agreement with the Chief Scientist of Israel through which Merck will choose to collaborate with one of the Israeli life science companies identified in the agreement, and the Chief Scientist and Merck will provide matching support.

Day One Highlights included:

  • The CEO Panel, moderated by Dr. Yossi Vardi, featured Michel Combes (CEO, Alcatel Lucent); Weili Dai (President and Co-Founder, Marvell Technology Group); Barry Greene (President & COO, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals); and Charles N. Kahn III (President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals.)
  • Erez Vigodman, President and CEO of Teva presented a Keynote address on ‘Winning in the Age of Revolution.’
  • Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke at the Happy Hour BioJerusalem reception.

The first day ended with the MIXiii 2014 Gala Event.

Day Two Highlights included:

  • Breakfast Reception with Matimop: Israel's Chief Scientist discussed promoting a joint industrial R&D grant program.
  • Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes announced plans to open a Bell Labs research center in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv to help the French network-equipment company make advances in Cloud technology. Prof. Danny Raz of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology will manage  the company's CloudBand unit.
  • Dr. C. Martin Harris, CIO and Chairman, Cleveland Clinic, presented a Keynote lecture on ‘The Role of Integrated Technologies in the Innovation of Medical Practice.’ “The Internet offers a new way of delivering healthcare to patients worldwide," says Harris.
  • Prof Daniel Tsiddon, Deputy CEO of Leumi group and Chairman Leumi Tech opened the IATI Multinationals Companies Forum discussing Israeli Innovation and the nature of the StartUp Nation. The panel included top executives from Microsoft, Dell, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent and the Eastman Kodak Company
  • Yael Glassman, VP Marketing  & Business Development for Sensible Medical, moderated a popular Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges of Connected Health.
  • Avi Reichental, CEO, 3D System, presented a fascinating talk on the various uses of 3D printing in medicine, manufacturing and even fashion.
  • Hanan Lavy, Director of Microsoft Ventures Tel-Aviv Accelerator, chaired the Top Startup Pitch Session showcasing new innovative companies.

Day Three Highlights included:

  • Mr. Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Economy, opened the ‘Building Innovation Ecosystems,’ session which was chaired by Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy, Israel. Bennet says, “"Israeli innovation is more like thousands of speed boats rather than a huge ship. We are flexible, speedy and agile"
  • UK Ambassador Matthew Gould attended at a reception in the UK Israel Partnership Booth.
  • Yahal Zilka, Managing Partner at Magma VC moderated a fascinating discussion on startup investments. Claudia Fan Munce, Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group, Vice President, IBM Corporate Strategy says, “Israel is THE most respectful innovation hub in the world.”

Congratulations to all of the 2014 Startup winners!

High-Tech: 1. Eco Wave Power, 2 VocalZoom, 3.SQreamTech

Even more coverage

*La start-up nation en mode demo | Agefi.co

*Podemos aprender de Israel pero no copiar su sistema

*Tecnología, al rescate de diabéticos

IT Firms Welcomed by Israeli Counterparts - The New Indian Express

Hong Kong Business Leaders Impressed With Israeli Innovation

Cap sur l'Asie au salon israélien de l'innovation, MIXiii

The Tower | You can see the whole Middle East from here.

Tecnología combate la pobreza: Israel - Digitallpost.mx