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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New Report: Immersive Internet Australia: Education

I’ve posted my report, (the full PDF version is located under the Immersive Internet Australia tab, profile on education), profiling Australian educators’ use of virtual worlds and other immersive technologies. Hopefully, it is something of a roadmap for those contemplating such tools, as well as a marker of those who already do. Here’s the abstract : […]

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Are virtual worlds off the boil ?

The August release of Gartner’s 2010 hype cycle for emerging technologies, which sees Virtual Worlds lodged in the pit of the disillusionment trough, has generated some interesting discussion in the blogosphere. VW’ds marketing consultant Mary Ellen Gordon asks why this has occurred, especially in light of Gartners’ much quoted 2007 declaration’ that by 2012, 80 […]

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