Monday, August 31, 2009

Best Virtual Worlds Movie to date... AMAZING... demo of LLMEDIA

This is the best movie I have seen to date of virtual worlds. Not only fun to watch... but also demonstratea high-end technology (really something that was possible long ago but only now practical). Imagine meaning for collaboration, teaching, demos, sales etc.

Ability to see all the content in world... wow...

From you tube description:
Logging into Second Life, within Second Life, using the LLmedia VNC plug-in!

Video produced to go with the interview at

Filmed on location in "Kernow" my home island in Second Life, visitors welcome :)

Music: Glittering Cloud, by Imogen Heap

Friday, August 28, 2009

Video: The Guild - Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?

A bit on the fun side. For those in virtual worlds... only...

Friday, August 21, 2009

SLCC2009 T Linden and the viewer (design concept)

Coming back from SLCC2009, this was the highlight -- at least for me. It is T linden (Tom). It is a view of the new second life viewer.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

3D3C Identity: A Key Force in Theory, Practice, and Infrastructure as part of the Global SLACTION conference Sep 24,25

As part of the SLACTONS 2009 global conference (Sept 24,25) I will give a short intro talk about the issue of identity. This is an intro review to the issue which will be given in-world in Second Life.

Look at the program page

World Times:
California 25th -- 11:00
Texas 25th -- 13:00
São Paulo/ Rio Grande do Sul 25th -- 15:00
Portugal/UK 25th -- 19:00
Finland/ Israel 25th -- 21:00
Hong Kong 25th-26th -- 02:00

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Video: ThinkAnApp - Augmented Reality (tattoo)

The same Augmented Reality technology. This time for Tattoos. Cool

Update: SLCC2009 (Aug 13-16): Standards, You, and Your Business Options. Now also with Infinity Linden (SUN 11:00)

What: As part of the Second Life Community Conference, a workshop.
When: August 13-16, 2009. Time: Sunday 11:00am (California East)
Where: San Francisco, CA

In the coming (Aug 13-16) San Fransisco Second Life Community Conference (SLCC) I will host two complementing sessions re standards and Second Life.

The sessions will be part of the Business Track.

Part 1: Will be formal reviews from different perspective.
Part 2: Will be open panel with audience participation.

The presenters will be:

James Neal [representing the "makers" of standards]

James is an open source advocate and head of R&D at Pleiades Consulting. Active in the Second Life open source community since 2006, he is President and co-founder of the Open Metaverse Foundation, a non profit organization founded to support the development open technologies that advance virtual worlds and the Metaverse.

James' talk will focus on the development of virtual world standards. Interest in virtual worlds has grown significantly in the past several years, and with that interest comes a push for standards. The problem of developing standards for virtual worlds will be broken down into its components and examined to offer a better understanding of the problem space.

Jeremiah Spence [representing the "users" of standards]

Jeremiah Spence is the founder and editor of the peer-reviewed, online, academic publication: Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, and has given presentations related to virtual worlds research at universities and conferences in Brazil, Europe, the United States and Canada. Jeremiah is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin in the United States in the area of Communications and Sociology of Technology with specific research activities on the themes of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the digital divide, and virtual worlds research. Jeremiah has a Master of Arts in International Communications Theory and Technology Policy, and has been a visiting researcher at the University of São Paulo's School of the Future and the Institute of Information Science at the Federal University of Bahia, both in Brazil. Additionally, he has been invited to speak at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Unisinos, the Eduverse Foundation (Netherlands), and the University of Bonn (Germany). Jeremiah has been a leader in developing new methodologies for the study of social stratification and community mapping. Jeremiah is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish.

Jeremiah will focus on what standards mean for end users, consumers, small business owners and the like. Why they should care, and how they can participate.

Meadhbh Hamrick (aka Infinity Linden) [representing the "gods" of standards] in the Panel

Ms. Hamrick is a 20+ year veteran of the software industry. Her
background ranges from developing security software on mobile handsets
to managing large middleware development efforts. At Linden Research
she is responsible for (among other things) communicating Linden's
technical vision of an "open" virtual world. As part of this effort,
she is responsible for shepherding the Open Grid Protocol (OGP)
documents through the standards process at the IETF.

The Open Grid Protocol (OGP) is the current name for a collection of
internet protocols for enabling virtual social spaces on the internet.
A tool for collaboration, the OGP suite of protocols provides the
"thread" to stitch together services from different organizations into
a cohesive "virtual world experience." Contributors to this effort
include Linden Research, IBM, Intel and an array of individual
contributors (many from the OpenSimulator effort.)

Yesha Sivan [Representing "advocates" for standards]

Dr. Yesha Sivan is a senior lecturer at the Department of Software Engineering. Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. He is also the founder of Metaverse Labs (MVL) - a leading think tank focusing on linking virtual and real worlds. Dr. Sivan is a pioneer and leader of technologies for knowledge infrastructures. His professional experience in the development of innovative workplaces for corporate, hi-tech, government, military and defense environments.

Yesha will talk about the grand scheme of standards. Linking the work of MPEG-V (ISO), W3C, and IETF (MMOX, OGPX, etc).
Shorter version( if you need a shorter version of this post.)

Standards, You, and Your Business - For the economy of Second Life to prosper we must have standards. But what standards? in what field? Is it too early for standard?
We will hear from three sides: James Neal [representing the "makers" of standards], Jeremiah Spence [representing the "users" 0f standards], and Yesha Sivan [Representing "advocates" for standards]. We will cover issues like MPEG-V (ISO), W3C, and IETF (MMOX, OGPX, etc). In the discussion section we will open the floor for Q&A and enjoy the presence of Infinity Linden [representing "Gods"].

Friday, August 07, 2009

WebGL Update: Progress and Release Date

According to virtual worlds news
The Khronos Group yesterday provided an update on development taking place with its recently announced WebGL technology, an open, royalty-free standard for built-in accelerated 3D graphics inside Web browsers.

According to Khronos (the industry consortium behind the new technology), the WebGL Working Group now includes AMD, Ericsson, Google, Mozilla, NVIDIA and Opera. Remaining noticeably absent is Internet Explorer maker Microsoft, Safari's Apple, and Intel.

Yesterday's news included a target release date of sometime in the first half of 2010 as well as some definitive statements of support from key players in the working group.

"We think 3D is the next step for Firefox [and] look forward to a new class of 3D-enriched Web applications ...and for creative synergy between OpenGL developers and Web developers," Arun Ranganathan of Mozilla said.

This is important because The Khronos Group has a history of solid technical standards that are successful in the market.

Monday, August 03, 2009

New Issue: Journal of Virtual Worlds Research on Health and Healthcare

The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research has just published its latest issue at We invite you to explore the latest in research on 3D Virtual Worlds for Health and Healthcare.

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Vol. 2, No. 2 - 3D Virtual Worlds for Health and Healthcare

Editor's Corner

Musings on the State of '3-D Virtual Worlds for Health and Healthcare' in 2009
Maria Toro-Troconis, Maged N. Kamel Boulos

Invited Articles

Virtual Worlds in Health Care Higher Education
Constance M Johnson, Allison A Vorderstrasse, Ryan Shaw

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

The Growth and Direction of Healthcare Support Groups in Virtual Worlds
John Robert Norris

Development of a Virtual Reality Coping Skills Game to Prevent Post-Hospitalization Smoking Relapse in Tobacco Dependent Cancer Patients
Paul Krebs, Jack Burkhalter, Shireen Lewis, Tinesha Hendrickson, Ophelia Chiu, Paul Fearn, Wendy Perchick, Jamie Ostroff

Does this Avatar Make Me Look Fat? Obesity and Interviewing in Second Life
Elizabeth Dean, Sarah Cook, Michael Keating, Joe Murphy

Research Papers

Development and Evaluation of Health and Wellness Exhibits at the Jefferson Occupational Therapy Education Center in Second Life
Susan Toth-Cohen, Therese Gallagher

Research-in-Brief Papers

Development of Virtual Patient Simulations for Medical Education
Douglas R Danforth, Mike Procter, Richard Chen, Mary Johnson, Robert Heller

"Think Pieces"

Virtual Worlds, Collective Responses and Responsibilities in Health
Rashid M Kashani, Anne Roberts, Ray Jones, Maged N. Kamel Boulos

Pitfalls in 3-D Virtual Worlds Health Project Evaluations: The Trap of Drug-trial-style Media Comparative Studies
Maged N. Kamel Boulos, Inocencio Maramba

Towards a virtual doctor-patient relationship: Understanding virtual patients.
Vanessa Gamboa González

Editor-in-Chief's Corner

Cultural Identity in Virtual Reality (VR): A Case Study of a Muslim Woman with hijab in Second Life(SL)
Methal Mohammed

Shaping the ‘Public Sphere’ in Second Life: Architectures of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election
Annabel Jane Wharton