Monday, June 30, 2008

First Look: AQROS Beta - Social Mobile Second Life Messanger

To download the Beta client go to http://get.aqros.com
To read more about Aqros see http://blog.aqros.com (Lots of info here.)

I have been working with Aqros to fine tune their Social Virtual Worlds Messenger. Their vision is simple: "Allow you to connect with your virtual worlds friends anywhere with your mobile." The first version worlds with Second Life. It looks like this:

Other phones models (even simple ones that can still run Java) can also run the client.
Key features:
1. See your friend list (including their status: offline, online, mobile) and IM with them.
2. Chat with neighbors (yes, you are actually in-world with you avatar from your mobile).
3. Teleport to landmarks (your own landmarks and others)
4. Wake up your friends when they are NOT in second life.
5. All this while maintaining your SL identify (never revealing your real name or phone number).
'Aqros' was developed as generic technology that will allow Virtual Worlds and MMOGs to deliver players a mobile extension. This first system is the mobile extension to Second Life as the first world. Many other worlds and games will follow.
Disclosure: Aqros is a client of Metaverse Labs.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Teen Workshop "Creation and Exprience in the Virtual World" in MadaTech (The Israeli Science Museum)

I'm involved in build a five-day workshop that will bring teens aboard into the virtual worlds. The work shop will be conducted in the new advance center of the Israeli MadaTech Science and Technology center

For more details see http://vir.netrix.org.il

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Walt Disney World Resort Lands on Google Earth: the Next Bes

OK... things area really moving forwad in the "virtual worlds" see what Disney is doing.



See more details in this page:
Now you can explore every inch of Walt Disney World® Resort in 3D, in Disney's incredible Google Earth™ tour. With 3D views of all four Theme Parks and over 20 Disney Resort hotels, you can zoom down Main Street, USA®, fly around Cinderella Castle, explore Spaceship Earth and climb the Tree of Life.

This tour will transform how you plan your Disney vacation, offering attraction descriptions, videos and photos, and links to menus, event calendars, and tickets and reservations.

Just follow the download instructions below. Once in Google Earth™, select the Gold Mickey Ears icon to get the official Walt Disney World info.

Let your magical journey begin!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Second Life for Virtual Museums

You will hear more about this... but lately I am interested in how museums can use virtual worlds. This is one of the best examples. The next presentation will cover it. It is the Tech Museum in San Jose. (Source: Nina's Blog)

Off -- and this presentation (Voice Thread) tool is amazing...

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Israerli Forum for Virtual Worlds: IBM Talk on Tech. and Bus.

Update: Please join us this facebook group.

I am happy to announce that the forming of the "Israeli Forum for Virtual Worlds." This is a working group of the Israel Internet Association (ISOC-IL). We (Gur Shomron, and Yesha Sivan) are looking to build a community of people who are interested in various aspects of virtual worlds. This will be a real (ah ah) group... with virtual life...

Our speaker will be Eyal Levin from IBM -- who will share with US IBM global interest in the field. (Eyal IS NOT in the picture. Picture Credit).

Details about the meeting here.

He will cover both technology and business. This will be a good place to start the discussion.
Soon -- there will be call for speakers on the ISOC web site.

We are looking for a logo... so let us know what you think. See you there... (looking for Free tickets let me know... I may get some).

Harvard: Video game technology may help surgeons operate on beating hearts

There was an interesting news item about using 3D glasses to train heart surgeons. So all those days in Halo could make sense if you want to be a Doctor (see full report).
Surgery has been done inside some adults’ hearts while the heart is still beating, avoiding the need to open the chest, stop the heart and put patients on cardiopulmonary bypass. But to perform intricate beating-heart operations in babies with congenital heart disease or do beating-heart complex repairs in adults, surgeons need fast, highly sophisticated real-time imaging that allows them to see depth.
In an NIH-funded study featured on the cover of the June Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, cardiac surgeons from Children’s Hospital Boston report good results with a simple technology borrowed from the gaming industry: stereo glasses.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Keynote Talk: Real Virtual Worlds = 3D3C

Update (03-July-2008): See the full presentation in PDF.

When: July 2, 2008
Where: Tel Aviv. See location on web site (link at the bottom).

What:

In the Summer MOACH conference (Technology in Education, Hebrew) I will give a general introduction to Virtual Worlds including a section on Educational usages of virtual worlds.

Conference program in PDF.
First Day Program.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

IBM Users Association in Israel: Virtual World Workshop

I had the pleasure of hosting a secondlife/online workshop for the Israeli IBM User Association in Israel. We had about 100 people who used 10 stations for 2 hours. Top level IT mangers in Israel became avatars. Lots of fun.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Kids in Virtual Worlds: Panel in "Eshnav" conference - June 17, 2008

Yesha will give a short talk about "kids in virtual worlds." As part of a panel in the yearly Eshnav conference. Eshnav is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the "right" usage of the internet.

When: June 17, 2008 8:00-16:30 (my talk: 13:45-15:00)
Where: Build A; Hall 50 - The College of Management Business School.
Rishon Lezion.
Register: here

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Starry Night in 3D - video


One of the most amazing creations of Second Life -- both the method and the result are amzazing. Well Done :-) (read till the end)
From here:
June 1889 (210 Kb); Oil on Canvas, 72 x 92 cm (29 x 36 1/4 in); The Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Starry Night was completed near the mental asylum of Saint-Remy, 13 months before Van Gogh's death at the age of 37. Vincent's mental instability is legend. He attempted to take Paul Gauguin's life and later committed himself to several asylums in hopes of an unrealized cure.

Van Gogh painted furiously and The Starry Night vibrates with rockets of burning yellow while planets gyrate like cartwheels. The hills quake and heave, yet the cosmic gold fireworks that swirl against the blue sky are somehow restful.

This painting is probably the most popular of Vincent's works.

Yet the SIM (the land which held this creation is gone). I'm not sure why (please tell me).
See this latest movie.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Google Earth API

Good news from Google. Now you can use Google earth as a base for virtual worlds. Note the last example of the video where you see a car driving in Google Earth (looks cool).