Friday, December 31, 2010

video: The Kansas To Cairo Project Part #3

Friday, December 24, 2010

Skype CEO Tony Bates - Update: Skype Stabilized

Excellent example to how a CEo shold act when there is a problem. Face the problem, report what is being done. and help users over come .

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - ...

More about this programme:
Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before - using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of 'The Joy of Stats' he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

Txs to Amnon Elbee

Friday, November 26, 2010

Seeking Experienced Washington, D.C. Region Second Life(R) Volunteers for Compensated Participation in Virtual World Research

Contribute to Virtual World Research
Compensated Participation
Washington, D.C. Area

Seeking Experienced Washington, D.C. Region Second Life(R) Volunteers for Compensated Participation in Virtual World Research.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Georgia Institute of Technology are seeking volunteers with at least 50 hours experience in Second Life virtual world to participate in exciting new research that will focus on the association between real world personality and avatar behavior.
Volunteers will be compensated with a gift card or Linden(TM) dollars. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. The final results will be submitted for peer-review publication to become part of the growing body of research into virtual worlds.
Participation will require one three-hour Second Life laboratory session at SAIC in Arlington, Va, and up to three regularly scheduled Second Life sessions online. Any identifying information will be kept confidential.
Interested? For more information, please call 703-312-6511 or email us at
SAIC is a registered trademark of Science Applications International Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Second Life and Linden are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Academic College Seminar: Using the Virtual to Research the Real

Monday 29, Nov, 2010 10:00am-12:00 Room   307, The Academic College.
Using the Virtual to Research the Real
I-ARPA (the US federal Advanced Research Projects Agency, Intelligence Bruch) has recently launched a call for proposals virtual worlds behavior research. "Starting from the premise that Real World (RW) characteristics are reflected in VW behavior, the IARPA Reynard program seeks to identify behavioral indicators in VWs and MMOGs that are related to the RW characteristics of the users."In this seminar we will cover the emergence of Real Virtual Worlds as defined as 3D3C (3D-Community, Creation, and Commerce), we will see how avatars act, walk, dance, and make decisions. We will further brain storm the pros and cons of using virtual worlds for such research.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Video: The Kansas To Cairo Project Part #1

When good things are done in virtual worlds...

Here's more:

30 + students from Cairo and Los Angeles used the virtual world of Second Life to come up with designs for a large open space situated between the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids of Giza.

And yes: they had never met in the physical world, using merely their avatars to communicate, collaborate and successfully complete the difficult task of creating sustainable urban design solutions while overcoming cultural boundaries.

Draxtor was impressed while documenting their work over the past six months: global citizens at work indeed!

more info from at

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Video: Ralph Lauren 4D

Amazing use of 3D to create unique effect for Ralph Lauren brand.
10 Years of Digital Innovation.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fun Video: The best penalty kick ever

Always look at the ball... until you are 100% sure...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nov 18: real and virtual Eng conference -- SLACTIONS2010 Building a Business in virtual worlds

See English Next
בניית עסק בעולם הוירטואלי

בתאריך 18 נובמבר, 2010 (יום ה') בשעה: 14:00, אסף אוזן וד"ר ישע סיון יציגו תהליך של בניית עסק בעולם הוירטואלי.

אסף אוזן הינו בעליו של Dark Gold, עסק של אופנה גותית בעולם הוירטואלי. העסק נבנה במסגרת פרויקט גמר בלימודי עיצוב אופנה בשנקר בהנחיית ד"ר ישע סיון. ניתן לראות את הסרטון המסכם כאן.

ההרצאה תתקיים במסגרת כנס בינלאומי בנושאי מחקר בעולמות וירטואלים. הכנס נקרא SLACTIONS והוא יתקיים במקביל במספר מוסדות אקדמים ברחבי העולם:

UK - Manchester Business School, University of Manchester,

Brazil/São Paulo - Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo,

Hong Kong - Hong Kong Polytechnic University,

USA/Texas - University of Texas-Austin,

Portugal - University of Porto,

New Zealand - Wellington Technology:

Tel Aviv – The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo

הכנס מתקיים במשך 24 שעות, חלקנו בכנס יתקיים בתאריך ה-18/11, יום ה', בין השעות 14:00-17:00, בחדר הישיבות 307 בבניין כלכלה וניהול של המכללה האקדמית תל-אביב יפו.

בחלק הראשון יציג ד"ר ישע סיון את הפרויקט מנקודת מבטו של המנחה ולאחר מכן יציג אסף אוזן את הפרויקט מנקודת מבטו של הסטודנט.

מספר המקומות מוגבל -- אנא רישום מוקדם לדוא"ל ל (נא לציין בכותרת את הנושא SLACTIONS).

כולכם מוזמנים.

Business building in virtual worlds

On the 18th of November, Assaf Uzan and Dr. Yesha Sivan will present a process of business building in virtual worlds.

Assaf Uzan is the owner of Dark gold - a gothic fashion brand in SecondLife. This brand was a fhashion design final project in Shenkar, instructed by Dr. Yesha Sivan. You can watch the final video clip here.

This lecture is a part of an international conference dealing with researching virtual worlds. The conference is a part of SLACTIONS and will take part simultaneously in various academies all over the world:

UK - Manchester Business School, University of Manchester,

Brazil/São Paulo - Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo,

Hong Kong - Hong Kong Polytechnic University,

USA/Texas - University of Texas-Austin,

Portugal - University of Porto,

New Zealand - Wellington Technology:

Tel Aviv – The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo

The conference will be live for 24 hours, our part of it will be on November 18thThursday, between 14:00-17:00, in conference room 307, in the management building of Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College.

In the first part Dr. Yesha Sivan will present the project from the instructor perspective and on the second part Assaf Uzan will present his perspective as a student.

There is a limited number of slots. Please register in advance by E-Mail to

(Please write "SLACTIONS" in the subject)

Monday, November 08, 2010

My Talk at: SaaS Business Challenges & the SaaS Ecosystems integration Nov 9, 2010 8:00 - 13:30

At this talk I will be creative about pricing models for SAAS.

In today’s new world of software customers and ISVs, it is vital to understand the new world of SaaS business, the SaaS Ecosystems and its integration challenges. The aim of the SaaS Business Challenges Event is to create the needed awareness for CIOs, CTOs, ISVs, IT managers and project managers about today’s SaaS business challenges and opportunities.


08:00 - 09:00 Gathering

09:00 - 09:20 Opening, Avner Algom, CEO, IGT

09:20 - 09:40 Plimus, Amit Cohen - e-commerce for SaaS

09:40 - 10:00 Clarizen - SaaS business case study

10:00 - 10:20 Dr. Yesha Sivan, Modern SaaS pricing models

10:20 - 10:40 Dani Shomron, SaaS Service Operations

10:40 - 11:10 Coffee Break

11:10 - 11:30 SaaSPulse, Understanding services usage of SaaS customers

11:30 - 11:50 Gigaspaces, Significant TCO Reduction for Pharmacy SaaS Provider

11:50 - 12:10 Oracle, The SaaS BI Challenges

12:10 - 12:30 HP Software, HP Cloud Assure for cost control

12:30 - 13:30 Q&A SaaS Business Challenges Panel

Dan Yachin, IDC

Gil Dibner, Gemini Israel Funds

Sharon Vardi, Clarizen

Amit Cohen, Plimus

Dr. Yesha Sivan, MTA

Avner Algom, IGT

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ron Huldai Welcome Yesha Sivan @ the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv, and a major supporter of the Academic College visited my class on the first day of school.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Special Issue: Trust and Trust Management (Published)

A special issue of the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research on Trust and Trust Management (Vol 5 issue 2, Published Sep 2010). This is what the guest editors (Audun Jøsang, Glenn Bewsell) wrote:

(I wrote a general issues of privacy in my paper 3D3C Privacy, there is a code there to download the entire issue from the Cutter Journal).

Trust is a fundamental consideration for the growth and stability of markets and communities because trust guides decisions about interactions between humans and organizations. New forms of markets and communities are created online, but the very nature of this online environment makes trust management challenging. It is for example common to request services from a website we have never heard of before, and from which we might never request a service again in the future. Combined with perceptions of minimal or non-existent law enforcement, participants in online markets and communities are often vulnerable to many forms of fraud and deception. Reliable perceptions of trust lead to successful interactions and quality online markets, whereas misplaced trust and misplaced distrust are damaging to online interactions and e-commerce. To improve the reliability of trust perceptions and decision making, there is a need to better understand the dynamics of trust in relation to the technological, behavioral, legal and cultural aspects of e-commerce.

The call for contributions to this special issue focused on theoretical and practical aspects of trust management; on antecedents to trust; on technologies that impact trust; and on the use of policy, process and technology to manage trust. On this background we received 32 quality submissions from researchers in 24 different countries. After thorough reviewing by independent reviewers, a collection of very high quality articles were selected for publication in the special issue.

The research articles in this special Issue give a significant contribution to the body of knowledge and practice in the specific areas of privacy and trust, trust design, collaborative management and trust decisions, trust management systems and the integration of approaches to trust management, multidimensional framework for trust, trust and reputation management, a framework for trust and reputation systems, and the ability to share reputations across communities.

The first paper entitled “Sharing Reputation Across Virtual Communities” co-authored by Nurit Gal-Oz, Tal Grinshpoun and Ehud Gudes evaluates a Cross-Community Reputation (CCR) model with the ability to transfer reputation data as part of a user’s identity.

The second paper entitled “Privacy Issues for Online Personal Photograph Collections” co-authored by Sally Jo Cunningham, Masood Masoodian and Anne Adams uses the Adams’ privacy model to investigate information sensitivity, information receiver, and information usage as part of sharing photograph collections.

The third paper entitled “Developing Trust In Virtual Software Development Teams” authored by Valentine Casey focuses on trust and fear as factors relevant to global software development and the operation of virtual software teams.

The fourth paper entitled “Enabling Usage Control Through Reputation Objects: A Discussion on e-Commerce and the Internet of Services Environments” co-authored by Rehab Alnemr, Stefan Koenig, Torsten Eymann, Christoph Meinel introduces the reader to reputation auditing and consider quality processes as part of reputation management.

The fifth paper entitled “A Flexible Architecture for Privacy-Aware Trust Management” co-authored by Klemens Böhm, Sandro Etalle, Jerry den Hartog, Christian Hütter, Slim Trabelsi, Daniel Trivellato, and Nicola Zannone tests the TAS3 Trust Management framework using a basic prototype implementation of the framework, with scenarios from the employability and e-health settings.

The sixth paper entitled “The State of the Art in Trust and Reputation Systems: A Framework for Comparison” coauthored by Zeinab Noorian and Mihaela Ulieru develops a framework to classify and compare trust and reputation systems.

The seventh paper entitled “Trust and Distrust in Adaptive Inter-enterprise Collaboration Management” co-authored by Sini Ruohomaa and Lea Kutvonen proposes a trust management system that is adjustable to different and changing situations.

The eighth and final paper entitled “Determinants of Consumers' Perceived Trust in IT-Ecosystems” co-authored by Klaus-Peter Wiedmann, Nadine Hennigs, Dieter Varelmann, and Marc-Oliver Reeh investigates technological, individual and social drivers of trust within digital ecosystems.

Monday, September 06, 2010

The Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) Sep 12-14 Tel Aviv Yaffo: Talk about 3d3C Virtual Worlds and MIS

I will give a review of "virtual worlds" and their meaning for MIS.

The Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) aims to:
  • Inspire innovative and informative IS research that is relevant to the social, economic, and cultural particularities of the Mediterranean Region,
  • Foster ground breaking IS research to improve the quality of life in the Mediterranean Region through further development of the regional knowledgebase and its emerging collaboration infrastructure,
  • Raise the visibility of IS-related research, education, policy, and practice carried out in the Mediterranean Region
See all the details here.
Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic College is one of the sponsors. See

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Video: LEGO UNIVERSE - Where is Commerce?

Wow. I am eager to see this.

When I use my 3D3C view on virtual worlds I can clearlly see here 3D, and creation.
I'm still not clear about community (seems ok), still waiting to see if I can seel my models (Commerce).

Lots of Second Life people are going to love it.

Let's wait.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Video: Yesha Sivan -Trends in Virtual Worlds

Yesha talk for the Nordic Virtual Worlds Network Project
Three top trends:
1. Webification with 3D with WebGL
2. Virtual Goods
3. The Adult market -- using virtual worlds for older people :-)
and one trend I hope for:
4. A hope for longer term design of virtual worlds. One that will allow the field to blossem.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

SLACTIONS: Life, imagination and work using metaverse platforms 2010 CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline for submissions (2nd call): 30th August 2010

We will also have hosting of this in Israel so stay tuned:

SLACTIONS: Life, imagination and work using metaverse platforms 2010 ( MBS SL Island, 18-19 November 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline for submissions (2nd call): 30th August 2010
* Conference background and goals
SLACTIONS 2010 provides an international forum for presentation and discussion of research on most areas currently enabled by metaverse platforms.
* Format of the Conference
SLACTIONS is an international conference with a unique hybrid format held simultaneously in a virtual world (Second Life) and at physical locations in countries around the world on the topic of metaverse platforms. All paper presentations and plenary sessions by guest speakers will be held on-line in the Second Life virtual world, but also projected locally for participants that attend the physical Local Chapters. Participants can also follow the proceedings broadcast on Wimba classroom and have the opportunity to ask questions through this platform as well as through SL.
Pre-Conference and Post-conference electronic forums will be held so that session paper abstracts (or full papers) can be read before the conference, and authors can interact during one week before and after the conference. Podcasts, slideshows and links to research websites are also welcome and encouraged.
Contributors of full and short papers are also encouraged to show a poster outlining their paper and time of presentation before and during the conference on the MBS island.
If you are interested in organising a local chapter at your institution, please contact us as soon as possible.
* Types of submissions
A full paper of up to 8 pages for oral presentation
-          A "work in progress" paper or other short paper of 4 pages for oral presentation
-          Posters (one page or 2-3 page interactive)
-          Proposals for demonstrations (500 words) on all topics concerning virtual worlds.
-          Proposals for workshops (500 words) at Local Chapters or inworld prior to or during the conference are also invited
-          A Flickr image or YouTube video, indexed with the tag “slactions 10” for poster presentations ‘in-world’ or presentation in SL using a creative format
All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

Google Support Actualy Works

So today I had a MAJOR bug in my web site. I could not see it. Luckily, I have Google support (yes I actually pay for it). After a quick review of the Google apps manage web site, I found my PIN code, and the 800 telephone. I called.

After 2 min, I got the voice of Carmen (probably from Ireland). She was very nice... and after few asking for few details.. asked for my problem.

I explained that my site has stopped working... when I tested it with her.. it came back alive (must have been a small DNS issue).

So what is my point: First, cloud services does not mean free, it does make sense to pay for service... and Google service in this case works. :-) good day for computer-land.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Vote for the future of Virtual Worlds

I need your help to vote for my friend -- Ofir.

My friend Ofir Leitner, has predeclared that
In 2020 virtual and augmented realities will blend into the physical world, making our global village more connected and unified. People and businesses will be able to collaborate from great distances overcoming cultural and geographical barriers, thus entering the greatest golden age of all times.
While I have open spoke about 2020 as the year we aim too. So bingo for Ofir.
To help him (and potential send him to a free business trip:-), and Advance Virtual Worlds
please vote for him:

 Here's the link (I am at group 2, number 6):
(If my entry wins, I will be entitled to a business trip to the UK with meetings of key industry people)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Video: YouTube in 3D: New button added.

YouTube now has a special menu for 3D movies. Check it out.

Video Sample Here (note: you may need to click on it and see it in YouTube to get the button).

Friday, July 09, 2010

Video: A Personal Robot for you (Anybots)

Interesting demo of a robot (cost $15,000) that can serve as YOU or your BOSS
or your ....

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Report on iOS4 Install

This is a short report on my own personal exprience upgrading my iPhone 3GS to the new iOS4.
As yo know, I use my iPhone mostly as testing machine. I'm still connected to Nokia e61 as my main phone (!).

Still, my iPhone is my main email machine, News reader, Kindle book reader, music player, camera, and more. In short I use my iPhone a lot.

Steps (with some reflection)
1. (8:00am) Loading new iTunes.
2. Complete back up of iPhone
3. Loading iOS4 (a bit of problems accessing apple site... but it worked at the end)
4. Updating phone itself.
5. Loading back content into iPhone.
6. (9:00am) Done.

Once you click on the iTubes update -- all is automatic.

New iOS perks:
1. Dbl click on action button to see all open apps. [later video of iPhone 4 demo it, I learned a lot from this video re the features of iOS4)
2. Mail has threads -- cool.
3. Camara has zoom (x 5 times) -- cool.
4. Skype seems to not like new system (says so) but it works fine -- loading Skype still kills music. They should fix that.
5. Lost my podcasts in the process (as well as other content). Music seems to be OK. -- not so cool.
6. iPhone has two background images. for home screen and for lock screen. I used the water drops for main screen --- gives me a feel of iPhone 4.
7. iBook application -- free. Works well, better that Amazon Kindle on iPhone, include also a Free dictionary.
8. Folders -- cool. Just drag one app onto another... iOS4 will put them it into a folder and suggest a name for that folder -- cool.
9.Lock rotation. A new feature allows you to stop auto-rotation. This is very useful feature of you read in bed. To get to this feature dbl click on the action button, scroll to the left. and click on the icon. -- very cool.
10. Next movie -- while on iPhone 4 -- demo some of these perks.

Have fun,

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Taking the ride with Philip at Second Life (return as interim CEO)

Yesha to take the ride with Philip (SLCC 2008).

First the news (big for me) then some reflection.
From this official Linden Lab page:
Mark Kingdon is going to step down as CEO, and I am going to return as interim CEO, working side-by-side with former CFO Bob Komin, who is being promoted to COO.
This is a big, tough change but one the board of directors and management team deeply believes in. We owe Mark great thanks for the many things we've accomplished in these last two years -- most notably a great improvement in the stability of Second Life, and also the hiring and nurturing of a strong team of new leaders who are now ready to do some amazing work together.
This is big (as Philip Rosedale says). This item is of course linked to the major downsizing -- perhaps right sizing -- and of course, to the decline in the value of Linden Dollar.

My basic take: the direction of making second life a 3D Facebook is not working. Why? because we have Facebook for Facebook, and because infrastructure does not support it yet. Board have seen that -- and they want change.

I still think that Second Life is the best real 3D3C virtual world we have to date. I think it is a great for experimentation, education, testing, learning, some minor work, etc.  It is FAAAR from being ready and able for prime market. Further, people attention today is in Facebook (not to say Farmville), iPhones and iPads.

Is Philip Linden a novice?
I'm looking forward to Phillip direction. While I wish this return is like "Steve Jobs returning to apple" , I think the challenge is different. While Philip is not a novice in Second Life (despite what his bubble says), I think he has a difficult and complex challenge. Core is key. Make Second Life what it can be a 3D world.

Goog Luck.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Yesha to meet with Minister Michael Eitan and Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C CEO

From right to left: Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe, the CEO of the W3C, Dr. Yesha Sivan, Head of W3C office in Israel, Minister Michael Eitan, and Eyal Sela, project manager of ISOC Israel.

In my role as the head of the W3C office in Israel I had the pleasure of spending the day with Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe, the CEO of the W3C. You may not be aware to the role W3C has in our lives. In essence, W3C is responsible for the software layer of the web (while ISOC is dealing with the pipes). While, W3C is best known for "developing" HTML and XML, in fact, W3C has more than 70 different working groups, dealing with various aspects of the web.

Key to our discussion was of course the issue of standards. More specifically, how we can make the W3C a better place for small scale standards. Jeff had an extensive blog post here: Making W3C the Best Place for New Standards Work.

More about Jeff visit in Israel see this item which include two videos of Jeff talk to CIO's and Jeff talk to innovators at the garage geeks.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

600,000 iPhone 4s pre-ordered, Apple apologizes for issues

According to engadget 600,000 iPhone 4 were pre-ordered. An amazing number for ONE DAY.
This is what Apple had to say:
Here's Apple's full statement:
Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple's new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.
Bottom Line: if we have good technology with perceived value (thank you Mr. Jobs) people will gulp it.
By the way, while I have an iPhone 3gs I still work with my Nokia e61e.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Video: Google Pac-Man - 30th anniversary logo (May 21st 2010)

Well. Google is celebrating Pac-Man (and also Mrs. Pacman). Insert coin to play with two players.
Cool programming. NON-Flash. Have fun.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Video: 3D Print Legacy Effects used Objet printer for Iron Man 2

Printing in 3D. Prices are going down. Soon in every house?
Of course, we will need to wait for cost to go down.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Video: Tissot Augmented Reality Demo

Demo Video of the Tissot AR (movie made with Picasa).
It use a classic marker to show the watch on your hand.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Digital Books and the Academia: Yesha's 10 points (2010:Q2)

From a talk I gave in the Info2010 conference (in Hebrew). Initial ideas that should influence our thinking about digital books, and... I'm using one of the future systems for such books:

Monday, May 03, 2010

2010: Daniel Hershkowitz Open a for Yesha Sivan Digital Books and the Academia Teldan Meeting

Minister Dr. Rabi Daniel Hershkowitz gave a short talk in the Teldan Conference.
I later spoke about the various sides of new types of books for the Academia.
At the time, the iPad/Kindle movement was just starting. 

Friday, April 30, 2010

Video: Samsung's DLP Pico projector phone

I have been looking for this ability -- to project from my mobile phone.
Here's one example:

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Google New Tool: Reader Play

I have just tested Google Reader Play (not such a good name). Basically google crete for you a stream of items (mostly pictures, and some videos) that capture what is interesting on the web FOR YOU.

Kind of fun to see what Google think is cool for you.

Here's what Google said about it:
Reader Play is a new way to browse the most interesting stuff on the web, all in one place. Items are presented one at a time, and images and videos are automatically enlarged to maximize the viewing experience. You don't need to have a Google account to use Reader Play, but if you have one, your experience will be personalized. Click the "Like" button, and we'll show you other content we think you’ll enjoy. Reader Play is an experiment, and can be found in Google Labs.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

08-June-2010: Speech Recongnition Day in Afeka

My friends in Afeka are running this seminar:

Details and early registration can be done at:

ACLP conferences administration: Lior +972-3-7688663.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Video: Robot Touchscreen Analysis

Interesting test of screens on smart phones. Of course software can fix hardware. Buy why fix? when you can have it right. Go iPhone Go. :-)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hebrew: 50% free - High-Tech CEO forum This Tuesday, 23-Mar-2010 : Cloud Computing

I will be a member of the panel about Cloud Computing, and you my friends get 50% of the 290+vat NIS price. Call Limor 052-660-4420 or email "limora AT" (and say you got it from Yesha).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Video:LEGO Universe official game trailer for PC - Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show CES 2010

Ok the wait is NEAR... I have never waiting so much to something... that much (ok HYPE alart!)....

Let's see what they bring. Go Lego GO.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Second Life Feature: Over Draft in Linden Dollar

OK... I'm not sure it this is a bug or a feature. but you can clerally see "-3" at the top.
This just occurred today. Have you seen this? Can you explain?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Adobe BroswerLab: Cool tool to compare how your site will look in different browsers

see and the help page

Common problem: you develop a web site and want to see how it will look in other browsers. I have just found this cool tool by Adobe.

You can view 2 screens side by side:
You can select the browsers you want to test:
You can view 2 browsers at onnce, or softly switch between them (overlay) in the Onion Skin mode.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Video Skinput: Appropriating the Body as an Input Surface (CHI 2010)

An interesting interface of using your hands as an interface. This is a semi-technical movie. Have fun.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Feb 23, 2010: ISOC Yearly Day Workshop: Virtual Worlds, for the Newbi and Pro

As part of the Israel Internet Association (ISOC-IL) yearly conference we will host (again:-) a workshop re virtual worlds. This is a packed event that is aimed at both NEW people and Pros (who will help the new people). See this video as a sample:

9:00-10:00 Preparing computers for entry into the Virtual World
10:00-10:45 Entering the Virtual World
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:45 A Case in Point: rules of the world of "Second Life"
11:45-12:30 Entering the World: a practical exercise
12:30-13:30 Lunch break

the second part is a "Bazzar" of ideas and directions:

13:30-17:00 Getting down to business – a Happening for getting acquainted with products, ideas, and experiences in the Virtual World. This is an opportunity to meet product manufacturers and service suppliers in an atmosphere of a real Happening in the Virtual World.
An Opportunity to meet product manufacturers, service supplier, in An Atmosphere of a real Happening in The Virtual World.
  • The afternoon session will be conducted on computers. It is recommended that you bring a personal computer.
  • The number of participants is limited.
NOTE: We will have about 20 computers in place -- bring your own comptuer. This year we have worked with Linden Labs to allow accounts to be open on the spot. So the account you open will be yours for LIFE!

More Details: you can sign for 2 days or just the second day for the workshop.
(if you have something special to show in the second part. Email me!!)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple Unveils the iPad - New York Post

The first time I see the iPad... interesting....

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Video: Free IMVU Voice Chat with payments for Voice Effects

If you read my blog, you know I love IMVU for their ability to connect business and virtual worlds (maybe a bit too much, but I may talk about it in a future post). In any event, they just added voice (as can be seen in this video). Notice how the basic feature is FREE, and you do pay for content (voice effects). Since many users, want to keep their anonymity -- and willing to pay for that -- here's a perfect set of micro virtual products. The interface looks easy to use and lots of fun.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

07-Jan-2010 Israel 15:00: Blumberg Capital sponsored Event: Business opportunities in the Virtual Reality Host Dr. Yesha re 3D3C Opportunities

Details & Registerl

OpenCoffeeClub: Meetup Group in Israel

We will meet at our usual meetup place at Sun office for a special event sponsored by Blumberg Capital.

We have gathered a team to make these meetups efficient and fruitful. We on our side try our best. Please bring business cards and a short statement of what do you want to get from this meeting.

15:00 - 15:30 Gathering and networking
15:30 - 16:00 Reality, Virtual Reality and Intensified Reality – Real Business Opportunities- Dr. Yesha Sivan – Metaverse Labs LTD, Shenkar College of Engineering and design
16:00 - 16:15 Conversation (Q&A)
16:15 – 16:30 Digital Living Room and Virtual Reality - Investments opportunities - Bruce K. Taragin - managing Director - Blumberg Capital
16:30 – 16:45 Personal introduction
16:45 – 17:00 Networking

About Dr. Sivan:
Dr. Yesha Bio
Connecting real and virtual worlds

About Bruce K. Taragin:
Bruce profile
Blumberg Capital

We hope you all find this meetup useful. Please let us know what do you think.
(Issar Zak & Yael Shany)

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Top 5 Intriguing Cutter IT Articles of 2009 (Real Virtuality by... Yesha Sivan)

A bit of Self-bragging... my paper was selected as one of the top 5 Intriguing Cutter IT Articles of 2009

Top 5 Intriguing Cutter IT Articles of 2009

by Karen Coburn, President & CEO, Cutter Consortium

This week, we're taking a look back at the five most intriguing articles published in Cutter's Cutter IT Journal over this past year. As you might imagine, it was no small task to cull the list and pare it down to just five articles. Look for these lists from each of our nine practice areas for a compilation of Cutter's 45 most intriguing articles of the year.

All of us at Cutter wish you health, prosperity, and happiness in the New Year!

--Karen Coburn, President & CEO

1. The Challenges of SOA Governance by Paul Allen

Despite the promises of service-oriented architecture (SOA), many organizations are increasingly encountering difficult governance issues as they start to ramp up their early SOA efforts. SOA governance tends to get approached in primarily two ways: as a technology or as a cultural phenomenon. The most fruitful approach lies somewhere in between. Learn how pragmatic approaches to governance blend and balance the two with respect to the needs of the particular organization.

2. Is E-Mail Becoming Passé: The Rise of Niche Media by Tom DeMarco

It's no secret that today's college students have trouble writing clear text. I've been working this past year with a group of University of Maine undergrads, helping them build the writing skills that most of us assumed were honed in their middle school or high school years. On one two-draft assignment, I raced to get marked-up papers back to the students before they needed to start on their second drafts.

3. Assessing the Culture of Your Organization by Bob Furniss

Culture is a feeling in your organization that is hard to categorize but easy to see. Culture is what your employees say about service and the customer when no one else is around -- around the lunch table or over drinks. Culture is an attitude toward quality. Culture is the norms, attitudes, beliefs, and values that employees place on their job, their organization, and their relationship with the customer. So what is your culture? Let's explore the possibilities, read on.

4. Real Virtuality: Preparing for a Long-Term Paradigm Shift by Yesha Y. Sivan

IT managers need to have a split personality: they must be both conservative and innovative. On the one hand, they have to maintain older systems and keep current processes working smoothly. On the other hand, they have to continually examine new IT technologies that can alter the business. Around 1990, a "game-changing" technology, the Internet, emerged. New businesses that embraced the Internet in innovative ways -- such as eBay, Amazon, and Google -- thrived. However, companies that failed to embrace the Internet early -- such as Tower Records, Barnes & Noble, and Rand McNally -- were less fortunate. Tower closed, Barnes & Noble missed the online business that now belongs to Amazon, and Rand McNally failed to capture the online mapping business. Read on to discover how real virtual worlds will, in due course, provide the IT industry with the paradigm shift it needs to seize more business opportunities and growth.

5. To Do or Too Due? Getting the Most out of Personal Productivity Toolsby Joseph Feller

In my article in the July 2009 Cutter Benchmark Review (see "Looking at Personal Productivity Tools and Systems,"Vol. 9, No. 7), I wanted to identify some of the tools, techniques, attitudes, and environmental factors that could use a tune-up so that people could continue to get the job done but in a way that lets them go home at the end of the day without work lurking behind them. Specifically, I wanted to examine the extent to which practices and attitudes, revealed in the CBR survey on which that article was based, support or inhibit externalizing memory, making information actionable, and executing actions in a situated and agile fashion. Based on my analysis of the survey data, I offer a few pieces of advice.

Top 5 Intriguing Cutter IT Articles of 2009

Sunday, January 03, 2010

My Talk at 10-Jan-2010: Synthetic Reality: The Science and Applications of Virtual, Mixed, and Augmented Reality (IBM Haifa)

The Advanced Virtuality Lab (AVL), Sammy Ofer School of Communications, IDC, in cooperation with the IBM Haifa Research Lab.

Synthetic Reality is a symposium that combines keynote addresses, presentations of research papers, poster sessions, technical demonstrations, an industrial track, and tutorials. The event will provide an opportunity for researchers from multiple disciplines to discuss the science and applications of synthetic realities.

Full Program (see here) (main site)

9:00 Registration

9:30 Opening remarks

10:00 Keynote: Embodied Media and Mixed Reality for Social and Physical Interactive Communication
Prof. Adrian David Cheok, Director of Mixed-Reality Lab, National University of Singapore

11:00 Invited Talk: Technology Supported Collaboration Paradigms for Rehabilitation: From Physical to Virtual
Prof. Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss,
Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa

11:30 Break

Session 1: Science & Technology
Session chair: Benny Cohen, IBM

Virtual Reality, Brain & Enhancement of Human Capabilities: Emerging Technologies Applications
Miriam Reiner, Technion, Son Preminger, Weizmann Institute of Science

Natural Multisensory VE-Game Evokes Behavioral & Neural Enhancement
Irit Birnboim, Technion

In-Place Augmented Reality
Nate Hagbi, Oriel Bergig, Jihad El- Sana, Klara Kedem, Ben Gurion University. Mark Billinghurst, Uni. Of Canterbury, New Zealand

Virtual Worlds: State of Standards Q4 2009 Yesha Sivan, Shenkar College of Eng. and Design & Metaverse Labs

Social Signal Processing: Tracking Group Interaction in Mixed Reality
Eyal Dim and Tsvi Kuflik, Uni. Of Haifa

13:15 Lunch
During lunch interactive demos will be presented in the lobby
- David Burden and Hanan Gazit , Daden Limited, MetaverSense,Virtual Worlds for Education: The Joy of Creation PIVOTE System
- IDC, Virtual Studio showreel
- IDC, Second Life Bots
- IDC, Heart-rate driven HalfLife2
- SenseGraphics, Haptic-Visual VR
- Shachar Oz, Augmented Reality

Session 2: Industry and Applications
Session Chair: Miriam Reiner,

Augmented Reality for Gait Improvement in Movement Disorders Patients
Yoram Baram, Technion

Friday, January 01, 2010

Denmark 07/09-Jun-2010: Making Sense of Virtual Worlds and User Driven Innovation

The research team of the Virtual Worlds Research project at Roskilde University is excited to announce a 3-day cross disciplinary research workshop entitled ‘Making Sense of Virtual Worlds and User Driven Innovation”, June 7th-9th 2010 in Denmark. We aim to bring together researchers with high-end expertise in research on virtual worlds to share distinctive theoretical and empirical analyses of virtual worlds as spaces for sense-making and as sites for user-driven innovation. We will pay special attention to creating a program and atmosphere that promotes joint explorations, interactions and exchange of ideas among invited participants.

I'll be there. See source here.

VIDEO: Architectural Model 'Design Your Dwelling' | Sweet Onion Creations

How to blend 3D printing, with real modeling.4 min of the actual how to build a model.

"Learn how 3D printing and hand techniques combine to make for a great architectural model (part of the winning prize for Google SketchUp and Dwell Magazine's 'Design Your Dwelling' Contest) "