Rich’s Blog: Edusim High Order Bits For the Future of “Immersive Touch”

Here are the big broad strokes of where I would like to go with the Edusim “Immersive Touch” project in time. Focus: Low Cost, Low Barrier, 3D, Small Footprint, Natural, K-12, Immersive, Direct Manipulation, Multi-User Edusim generation 1 (current development) * Surface devices (augmenting what the interactive whiteboard is) * 3D – engaging – lesson driven * Direct manipulation (touch) * Multi- User * Modifiable (student can add object in a simple natural way – currently with Tea Painter) Edusim generation 2 * Surface devices (Augmenting what the interactive whiteboard is) * 3D – engaging – lesson driven * Direct manipulation (touch) * Stereoscopics – red/blue object shading (Students wearing glasses for visual effect)? * Multi- User * Modifiable (student can add object in a simple natural way) Edusim generation 3 * Surface devices (A new haptic enabled surface) *…

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3D augmented environments using print material & your mobile device *****

_ Some pretty interesting technology (similar to QR Code tags) that use print material and your mobile device camera to create a 3D experience: Via http://mlearning.edublogs.org This video demonstrates what can be achieved by the convergence of mobile and virtual technologies. Created as a promotion for Wellington Zoo (New Zealand), it allows printed codes to “come to life” using a mobile phone. As you move your mobile phone camera around the code, a virtual 3D model rotates, pans and zooms as if it were an invisible spectre standing on the surface, viewable only through the camera lens: Related: QR Codes used in Japan Video Demo QR Code Example:

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Rich’s Blog: The Evolution of the Classroom Chalkboard & Edusim

It is my belief that Edusim is an evolutionary step in what started with the classroom chalkboard. The chalkboard gave way to the dry erase board, then that to the electronic surface doing digitally what the user once did on the dry erase surface – and now a surface with a multi-user virtual environment, the surface as a view literally "into another world" In the words of Julian regarding Edusim on a wall using an eBeam device The result is an on demand and relatively low cost interactive white board solution ($800-900 US) that, in combination with a data projector ($600-2,500 US) and Croquet software (free), may represent the beginnings of an economical alternative to traditional in-classroom visual communication boards (the typical front-of-the-classroom whiteboard/bulletin board installation is comparable in price). Could this be the earliest manifestation of a new form…

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A bit closer to the ultra-mobile internet devices – Android brings the tools to you Spectrum brings the network *****

_ As you know I have frequently posted about how a nation wide broadband wireless network will dramatically change what mobile devices we use and how we use them… in school, work, and play… And with the Jan. spectrum auction soon to come …. Google starts to show its hand.. first with Android … now with a bit more regarding their spectrum plans: [via [www.computerworld.com]] The company is prepared to bid on its own without any partners, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The newspaper said Google is working out a plan to finance its bid — which could run to $4.6 billion or higher — that would rely on its own cash and possibly some borrowed money. No one at Google was immediately available to comment. Google is running a test version of an advanced wireless…

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Rich’s Blog: The ones I call the “Play Station Generation” : Here comes “Generation V”

You heve heard me refer to them as the "Playstation Generation" – Computer world has an interesting article (refering to them as Generation V). Article here: [tinyurl.com] The latest group, dubbed Generation Virtual, or V, is made up of people from multiple demographic age groups who make social connections online – through virtual worlds, in video games, as bloggers, in social networks or through posting and reading user-generated content at e-commerce sites like Amazon.com, said Adam Sarner, senior analyst at Gartner. The V generation is made up of people who are drawn to the Internet's "flat meritocracy" where people can gain status and acknowledgement through ways – like providing advice or recommendations or excelling at a video game – not generally available in the physical world. Basically, Generation V is made up of people who replace physical experience with an…

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The real impact of the IPhone – Android

The Iphone and the Google android interface are leading the charge for the direct manipulation interface ….. This will be huge in the fact that it is just the start of the direct manipulation movement (I think) on a grand scale … changing the way people interact with their technology (directly from the screen – its not a new technology but seem to be approaching the tipping point quick !)…. namely by using natural input and direct manipulation (their fingers to do natural thing on the screen) which we show with Edusim. Having these huge companies pushing the direct manipulation movement will undoubtedly work its way into almost everything in time …. and in time making things like our Edusim with direct manipulation and natural input our a virtual environment in the classroom very compelling… None the less many things…

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Rich’s Blog: Haptics on the direct manipulation & natural input surface

As you may be aware of my interest in natural input and the direct maipulation of virtual objects in education by my work with the Edusim project (http://edusim3d.com). Natural input is the concept of using natural type of movements to interact with digital devices. Direct manipulation is the concept of moving, creating and manipulating virtual objects with your hands. Another interest of mine is stereographics, making objects on a surface appear to "stick out" by the use of red/blue shading and red/blue glasses. In the future combined with nono-technology the screens could perhaps react with physical textures… but until then, we have haptics. As described here – [tinyurl.com] (at computerworld.com). Haptics is essentially a device that reacts to the input you give it: When playing Halo 3 on your Xbox 360, or other games on other consoles, your handheld game…

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Rich’s Blog: One more reason – The trends ahead & Google’s Open Source Mobile Platform

One more reason my belief the two big emerging technologies Greenbush can leverage most to our advantage are mobile media and virtual environments: Google's Open Source Mobile Platform Via [wwwslashdot.org] As expected, today Google took the wraps off of the gPhone (as the media have for months been referring to the rumored project). Google is "leading a broad industry alliance to transform mobile phones into powerful mobile computers," and will be licensing its software to all comers on an open source basis under the Apache license. (The Wall Street Journal's Ben Worthen demonstrates a miserable grasp of what "open source" means.) Via: [www.news.com] It should come as little surprise that Martin would support the alliance. Earlier this year, he made open devices a requirement in the rules for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction, which are expected to get under way…

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