Monthly Archives: November 2007

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)

* 3D – engaging – lesson driven

* Direct manipulation (Immersive Touch)

* Stereoscopics – red/blue object shading (Students wearing glasses for visual effect)

* Surface to provide HAPTIC for touch feedback eventually?

* Multi- User

* Modifiable (student can add object in a simple natural way)

Edusim generation 4 (K-12 simi-CAVE based system? Still thinking about)

* Surface devices (A new mobile (de-constructable) low footprint low cost concave surface – cloth “tent” type structure perhaps)

* 3D – engaging – lesson driven

* ebeam/mimio driven – Immersive Touch?

* Stereoscopics – red/blue object shading (Students wearing glasses for visual effect)

* Haptic enabled

* ?


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

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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:

qrcode

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 of broadly available classroom media for K-12?

… inventing the future !


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

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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 network at its Mountain View, California headquarters, gaining operating experience that could come in handy if it wins the spectrum and decides to run a full-scale national mobile carrier, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the matter.

These guys are obviously brilliant.. no telling whats in store! … but it will be cool… very cool!

Blog reactions from others:

http://Crunchgear.com

http://arstechnica.com

Who partners with Google if they win?

Googles Big Mobile Plans