Rich’s Blog: A few of my all time favorite 3D environments/Croquet blogs

As you know locating blogs relevant to you can be tough at times, so I wanted to share a few links of my favorite locations for staying up to date with the 3D virtual environments & Croquet developments. [www.meshverse.com] – People, Places, Things and Events Converging Electronically [croquet.funkencode.com] – A fantastic "All things Croquet" blog [www.wetmachine.com] – Inventing the future – a must have for your RSS reader for literally ANYONE! And thanks for helping us spread the word about the Edusim prototype ! [edusim.greenbush.us]

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Rich’s Blog: The Greenbush Technology Conference

We have started the early phase planning for the Greenbush Technology mini-conference. Brad, Matt, and Myself discussed the two track system (entry level – advances) as well as the possible topics for the breakout sessions (Blogs, Video Podcast, Smartboard Previews, 3D virtual Environments, Edusim on the Smartboard). We are looking to have it in the March-April time frame Stay tuned for more info. =====

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Rich’s Blog: 24% of School Aged Kids Use Virtual Environments on a Monthly Basis

(as reported by worldsinmotion.biz) ccording to a new report by market researchers eMarketer, 24 percent of the 34.3 million US child and teen Internet users will visit virtual worlds once a month in 2007 — and the rate is rising. Based on its research, eMarketer expects to see the number of young online world users rise to 34 percent in 2008, and 53 percent by 2011 "Kids and Teens Online: Virtual Worlds Open New Universe." Related Links: [www.emarketer.com] Worlds In Motion News.com Story http://www.webware.com story

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Rich’s Blog: Qwaq Forums – Enterprise Level Croquet Virtual Environment

(Via: worldsinmotion.biz) “Virtual workspaces have already proven their value for enterprise collaboration,” said Greg Nuyens, Qwaq chief executive officer. “The desktop visualization edition of Qwaq Forums provides distributed enterprises with a powerful new way to visualize and share information globally. Intel’s selection of Qwaq Forums to be the delivery platform for its Miramar technology is further recognition of the strength of our architecture and our approach to enterprise collaboration.” Read the full article Related Links: [www.intel.com] [www.intel.com] [www.qwaq.com]

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Mobile Internet Devices and the emerging “Ultra-Mobile Devices” *****

_ Mobile Internet Devices and “Ultra-Mobile Devices” Research on a market that does not (yet) exist… Ultra-Mobile Devices [Via: [www.abiresearch.com]] A whole new class of “always-on” Internet-connected products, collectively termed “Ultra-Mobile Devices” (UMDs), will become popular over the next five years, according to a new report from ABI Research. By appealing to a wide range of buyers they will reach shipments of nearly 95 million units by 2012, and should prove extremely profitable for their makers. — “Mobile Internet Devices and UMPCs” is the first study covering both types of devices. It categorizes in unprecedented detail the buyers who will be adopting them, and what applications they will be running. —– “UMDs are a very exciting, potentially very lucrative area,” says ABI Research vice president Stan Schatt. “What makes this market so intriguing is that products will assume so many…

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Rich’s Blog: The open-source Gold Rush – and keeping it FREE !

As you may or may not know I am a huge fan of open-source software and have been preaching its wonders for 5 years or more – I first became a fan as a programmer using the Linux – Apache – MySQL – PHP (LAMP) stack and soon after began using OpenOffice (going on 4 years now !) Below is a story I felt I just had to share given my background in the area: The open-source Gold Rush What's the trend? Bigger. We are in the midst of a Gold Rush, as Dana Blankenhorn has written. The rules of software business are being rewritten, and those who understand them will make a lot of money for shareholders…and themselves. While the early days of open source saw a few wild valuations (Ximian comes to mind, though I still think it…

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Rich’s Blog: Internet in the “Airwaves” & Low Cost Computing would Empower Students !

As you know I blog frequently about the 2009 700 Spectrum “Internet in the Airwaves” issue Apple to bid on 700 Spec? Googles device to the 70 spectrum … and coupled with very low cost hardware students will soon be more empowered to learn and explore than ever before: Get ready for the $40 school computer. Things are moving along so quickly, in fact, that Stephen Dukker, chairman and CEO of the small, California-based company NComputing, predicts that by 2009 many schools will be able to provide their students with portable, online capabilities for as little as $100 each–and perhaps as little as $30 or $40 per user for non-mobile devices. Wireless capacity, says Dukker, should be a relatively inexpensive bonus by then. (Via eschool news.com) Related links: [www.laptop.org] [www.intel.com]

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Rich’s Blog: Piloting the Greenbush 3D Virtual Classroom (Edusim Prototype) – Built on Croquet

Piloting of the Edusim Virtual Classroom prototype is moving along quickly. We have now introduced over 30 middle schools kids to the environment and are getting great insight regarding how the kids approach the technology! The entire virtual classroom we have put together can be downloaded, installed and used from [edusim.greenbush.us] – its a great tool for virtual collaboration or even to use on your smartboard! (With this technology and classroom SmartBoards classrooms from down the hall or miles away can collaborate with one another through using the Edusim and their Smartboard! Classrooms can collaboratively story tell – create lesson specific objects – the 1,000 other cool things !) Remember! – This is a pilot application and not everything works as desired ! (It is recommended this application is run on a MAC G5 or newer machine) …. we would…

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Rich’s Blog: Apple – Google Team up to bid on spectrum?

[via [www.businessweek.com]] Two sources tell BusinessWeek that Steve Jobs & Co. have studied the implications of joining the auction, which will be held Jan. 16. The winners will get rights to use the spectrum that analog TV broadcasters are handing back to the government in 2009, given their mandated move to digital television. —— Dubbed "beachfront property" by the Federal Communications Commission, it's the last swathe of wireless spectrum likely to become available that would have the attributes necessary for a new mainstream broadband network (BusinessWeek.com, 8/1/07). Signals at the 700Mhz spectrum, for example, could provide far faster Internet access than today's cellular or even Wi-Fi networks, and the signals can easily pass through buildings and work glitch-free, even in lousy weather. Cell phone campanies: it is now OK to panic, cry, scream (and get your lobbiest involved no doubt).…

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Rich’s Blog: ICANN CEO “Virtual Worlds Are The Future Of Global Commerce”

[Via [www.techcrunch.com]] ItÂ’s interesting that the head of the body that controls the internet believes that the world of tomorrow is virtual; Twomey didnÂ’t suggest that it may happen, he stated that it would be as a fact. Virtual worlds such as Second Life may not be the exact model used in the future, but there is little doubt that if Twomey is correct they are certainly heading in the right direction. My $.02 This is obviously directly in line with my "The Trends Ahead" reporting and very in line with our belief we are dead on with our virtual environments and mobile media work. Related Links: Read write web TechCrunch

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Greenbush innovations over the past 2 years ****

The team has done some amazing things with Greenbush Labs over the past 2 years. A quick brief of the things tried & prototypes created! * Greenbush Labs (The original project – now this blog – An effort to create prototypes – and encourage trying new concepts/ideas with technology) * Greenbush Synthesis (Our knowledge management aggregator !) * Podcast Directory (Its getting better !) * Take2 Podcast (Started this right after the labs !) * GreenbushBlogs (Our list of bloggers is growning ! – and being added to the synthesis feed !) * GreenbushWidgets (We have several on Yahoo Widgets !) * Greenbush Island (virtual collaboration environment) * Greenbush Teen Island (virtual collaboration environment for Teens – Coming Soon !) * Greenbush EduSim (Locally hosted virtual environment) * GreenbushTV (OUR CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE! – we started on Google !) *…

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