Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Video: The “Global” ThinkBalm Un-Lecture Event

By Erica Driver and Sam Driver.

Today ThinkBalm published a new ThinkBalm Innovation Community work product: a seven-minute video titled, “The ‘global’ un-lecture: a ThinkBalm Innovation Community event.” This video is a record of an un-lecture event held on November 6th, 2009 in the virtual world of Second Life. The un-lecture event format consists of four ten-minute presentations, demos, or tours about work-related use of immersive technologies, held in an immersive environment. The theme of the November 6th event was “global.”

This video describes presentations by:

  • Dr. Yesha Sivan. Dr. Sivan is a senior lecturer at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and founder of Metaverse Labs. Dr. Sivan shared insights into Immersive Internet adoption trends in Israel. Some of the barriers Israeli early adopters face are the same as those around the world: technology and perception. Other issues are specific to the region. Yet a handful of immersive technology efforts are under way in Israel and Metaverse Labs is hard at work on technology standards.
  • Sid Banerjee. Sid Banerjee is CEO of Indusgeeks, a virtual world development and services company based in Mumbai. Sid gave insights into adoption trends in India. A point Sid wanted to express was that India is an excellent test bed for immersive projects. He made this point: “If you can sell Immersive Internet in India you can sell it anywhere!”
  • Claus Nehmzow. Claus Nehmzow is managing director of ALCUS, in Hong Kong. Right now in Asia, the initial focus for immersive technology is on the consumer side, with a number of recreational public virtual worlds and games. Claus’s perspective is that businesses in Asia want to capitalize on the power of immersive technology but explorers are uncertain how to move forward.
  • Barbara Westmoreland. Barbara Westmoreland is founder and CEO of nTeams. nTeams provides consulting to help companies develop more cohesive, unified teams. The heart of Barbara’s presentation was a short demo of a part of nTeams Island, which her organization uses to help teams work through issues around values. At the end of the un-lecture event, Barbara and her team gave a magic carpet ride tour around the rest of the facility.

About 25 people participated in this un-lecture event. Participants joined us from all over the US and from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In one hour’s time, we learned about the potential opportunity for adoption of immersive technology in emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East, as well as barriers to entry. We got a first-hand glimpse of the way immersive technology can transform how global teams work together. And we formed new or reinforced existing connections with other innovators and early adopters. If you’re interested in attending future ThinkBalm Innovation Community events, send us a request to join the community via our LinkedIn group.

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Video E3 2009 - Project Natal - Milo Demo with Peter Molyneux 720p HD

Amazing video -- collection of technologies from Microsoft (including Natal).
See more into here

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Video: Autistic Teen Finds Inner Voice

Autistic Teen Finds Inner Voice – New video taken from 20/20 after the broadcast. This is an amazing story. It tells us how little do we know about the human brain. And -- the amazing potential of new technologies to help such people.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Shidonni World: Making the Virtual Real with Plush

Israeli Firm Shidonni start to move between the virtual and the real.
According to Virtual Worlds News:

In what looks like a winning execution of marrying the online and offline worlds of play, Israel-based Shidonni, Ltd., the company behind kids virtual world Shidonni,today announced its Shidonni One-of-a-Kind line of custom plush dolls. In doing so, the company has taken its virtual world's original play experience -- which animates a user's 2D drawing, morphing it via the Shidonni software into an animated on-screen creature -- one giant step further. The new line offers users the option to have their online creatures manufactured into a look-alike plush doll.
The Shidonni One-of-a-Kinds ($79.99) are approximately 12 inches tall and can be made and delivered in approximately 7 to 14 business days. Manufacturing takes place in Israel. "The virtual world stays away from templates and ready-made items, motivating children to imagine and create their own 'branded' experience," says the company.