emotional content

Emotion 1.Rather sentimental but sweet…this film demonstrates that thinking about love is a measurable impact (via scanning on an MRI) The Love Competition from Brent Hoff on Vimeo. 2. High end animation on Hip Dysplasia, created by Surgical Multimedia; this educational video is a training module designed  for early childhood education, features an evocative digital […]

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Along the virtuality continuum

Over the coming months, I’ll be using this site to share and construct some hopefully useful thoughts about why it is that ‘traditional’ virtual reality platforms with 3D graphics are not being taken up by the services sector, while augmented reality, via location-based applications (mobile AR), is being explored with a fair degree of enthusiasm. […]

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The ‘natural avatar’ and the ‘plastic avatar’

I was recently asked to consider an immersive collaboration platform that utilised what I term a  ‘natural’ avatar, that is, a streaming video representation of one’s real self via the use of a webcam on a digital body. Logically, it would seem that this is a better solution than an entirely graphically produced avatar, as […]

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In virtual worlds, health is an activity

I have just uploaded the next instalment of Immersive Internet Australia, entitled ‘Focus on Health’, which canvasses the opportunities for delivering health services via virtual environments. By way of an introduction, I includ below, a couple of charts which indicate the depth and breadth of innovation amongst health providers.  Table 1 is my own: Table 2 was […]

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26 points about virtual worlds for 2011

Here are some ruminations from my research project, Immersive Internet Australia , commissioned by the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre  and Swinburne University of Technology. The list is neither exhaustive, nor final. Comments welcome. The immersive Internet is a generic term for technological platforms that enable a 3D or 2.5D (a flatter perspective) graphic rendering of real […]

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Please don’t mention virtual ‘worlds’: why does enterprise steer clear of the ‘w’ word?

Reading a press release from technology company Avaya, I was reminded of  Basil Fawlty’s desperately funny attempt not to use the ‘W’ word , in this case standing for ‘war’, when German guests come to his stay at his guest house, Fawlty Towers. The connection ? In Avaya’s case, it’s the company’s clear decision not to mention the ‘W’ word, in this […]

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Real virtuality:when your own name is your avatar

I have bitten the bullet, and created a Second Life avatar which carries my own name; no more hiding behind exaggerated curves for me. I picked an off-the-shelf avatar, one that  like me, had a lock of hair over the eyes. The problem is that there are sure to be thousands who look just the same, so […]

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Wikileaks, the Christmas gift that keeps on giving

Wikileaks heralds the end of secrets. The primacy of privacy is eroding, as anyone on Facebook can attest.  Now the shift has hit governments around the world.  They are shaken and stirred, and gone forever is our tacit acceptance that information held by government agencies should be silo-ed and untouchable. Everyone, all of us, are now accountable for our […]

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