Audio Transcript – Immersive Education Forum March 28th : Touch devices and Immersive Education

Greenbush Island was fortunate to host las weeks immersive education forum focusing on the role of interactive surfaces in virtual environments. The event was held in the auditorium on Greenbush Island by immersive education enthusiast and researchers from around the world. The audio transcript is below: http://tinyurl.com/ynu8p8 The Immersive Education Anouncement: http://immersiveeducation.org/events/#SURFACE Aaron also mentions the newly formed Immersive Education K-12 Pilot Group and the role Greenbush will be able to play as one of the first “Education Grid Nodes” in this world wide network. Very exciting news and times for this technology! Blog reactions: Pacific Rim Blog

Continue reading

Crowsourcing and harnessing collective intelligence to create “better” things

Anyone involved in an opensource development project understands crowdsourcing – harnessing collective intelligence to create better more useful software, hardware, things. But crowdsourcing is becoming very popular not just in software communities any more ! [via – cnet.com] Crowdsourcing has entered the mainstream big time. It has become daunting to find a brand these days that does NOT have some crowdsourcing program in place. My Starbucks is just the latest example: Starbucks asks its consumers for advice, and besides certainly receiving a lot of good ideas, the troubled coffee chain makes consumers feel part of the brand remake. It’s the same template as usual: engage your community, harness its creativity, and let it create some content for you.

Continue reading

Microsoft Origami and the The Ultra-Mobile PC

[Via microsoft.com] Now you can take your PC everywhere! Your ultra-mobile PC, with the full power of Windows Vista, is designed for your on-the-go lifestyle. About the size of a paperback book, the UMPC is small and light enough to fit easily into a carry-on, a purse, or a backpack. And yet, the UMPC features a powerful processor, a big, bright display, easy-to-use input options, and support for the latest connectivity standards. The UMPC offers a display of 4-7 inches and touch capabilities, all in a package that weighs less than 2 pounds. But don’t underestimate this small computer—it can run all of the same Windows Vista-compatible software you’re already familiar with. And soon, using a UMPC will be even more fun and convenient. Watch for Microsoft Origami™ Experience 2.0 that is scheduled to ship in mid 2008.

Continue reading

New inputs for 3D virtual environments (on mobiles?) – why the mouse and keyboard are too rudimentary

The more I work with 3D virtual environments the more obvious it becomes to me that the keyboard and mouse are fairly rudimentary methods for navigating and operating in them. Through my work with Edusim and interactive surfaces we get close (via the classroom interactive whiteboard) to interacting with the 3D virtual space in a more native way – obviously as the surface devices become smarter through the years and can provide more haptics feedback we will be much closer. I am also a big believer in mobile devices (and have been for some time now). Where the mobile device and 3D virtual environments intersect is still fuzzy – at first glance the mobile device seems to small to have an immersive experience with. However I did run into an interesting blog post regarding the IPhone SDK and 3D interactive…

Continue reading

Google gets its way with 700 Mhz – now whats in its sight for wireless internet everywhere?

[via arstechnica.com] – Now that Google got its way with the 700 Mhz spectrum … Its going after unused TV spectrum “Whitespace” and what it is calling “Wifi on steroids” by 2009 Google famously bid on the 700MHz spectrum auction that wrapped up last week, but was outbid by Verizon. Most observers have characterized Google as an ecstatic loser, since the FCC’s open access rules that it wanted so badly will have to be followed by Verizon. With the auction behind it, Google is turning its attention to another wireless broadband initiative, the push to open up the “white space” in the digital TV spectrum for web access. Today, the company ratcheted up the pressure on the FCC to act on the white space issue, submitting a letter to the Commission outlining its plans for the spectrum. Google believes that…

Continue reading

Ultra-mobiles in the classroom !

[Via eSchool] & [Innovation for learning] The “teachermate” handheld computer, as the device is called, features a 2.5-inch color screen, 512 megabytes of internal memory, an SD slot for expandability, a built-in microphone and speaker, and a battery life of four hours. An innovative case that holds 30 of the devices can charge them all at the same time using one AC outlet and synch all of the student performance data to a teacher’s personal computer using a single USB cable. The teachermate includes reading and math software programs also developed by Innovations for Learning, which says it created the software first but was looking for an affordable, scalable way to deliver the software to every student.

Continue reading

2 and 1 years ago on Greenbush Labs

2 years ago Greenbush Labs was only 6 months along! and here is one of the labs first videos: Last year this time we had just started our official GreenbushTV channel on Youtube. Today with 85 subscribers and 127 videos we are making some progress ! Here is the video posted 1 year ago today to our GreenbsuhTV Youtube channel:

Continue reading

Ultra mobile – immersive – and always availabel

Sitting here in March of 2008 its not so obviouse that the internet is evolving into an Ultra mobile – immersive – and always available service. Having trumpeted the ultra mobile and immersive webs for some time now it is becoming more obviouse that is indeed the future we have to look forward to. With a new ultramobile device coming out almost daily and 3d immersive virtual worlds project picking up steam. These are interesting times indeed ! Here is the Greenbush Labs podcast from 6 months ago better explaining the belief in the Ultr-amobile, and immersive web:

Continue reading

Greenbush – leading in innovative K-12 immersive education initiatives

As the leader in innovation and development of K-12 immersive education systems we continue to strive and build upon our existing immersive ed. platforms of Edusim and our Greenbush Island in Secondlife. For several months we have been setting up the Opensim server for us to locally host here at Greenbush. Below are some screenshots of the first prototype. Still looking for a robust machine to run outside our firewall.

Continue reading

Quotable Quotes

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them. — Alan Watts. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” – Buddha “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain [Via http://zenhabits.net]

Continue reading

Edusim user input – and “Edusim Institute” this summer (July perhaps)?

I am needing a little feedback from the Edusim community. How many would be interested in a 2 day in depth Edusim institute. Basically a 2 day training & brainstorming session to layout the foundation for Edusim in the classroom – and get a direction by the leading edge classroom innovators (You guys!), Ill show the very latest development pieces, Alot of brainstorming afterwards, and the the group creating lessons as a result of the brainstorming sessions? I am thinking of it being 2 days – in Topeka Kansas (so not to far from the Kansas City Airport) – Greenbush has a branch office there. Send me your thoughs – My email address is rich.lynn.white@gmail.com I hope to hear from you ! email any time with questions, comments, or observations ! —

Continue reading

Good news for Software User Interface Designers – The World is Changing Fast!

For those that are user interface types and designers – times have never been more interesting. And today Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates predicted some even more good news, “Next decade will bring huge software advances” .. almost all concerning user interface! [Via Infoworld.com] — Computer users will have more options for inputting information beyond the mouse and keyboard. Speech and handwriting recognition software will gain in popularity. Computers will move off the desktop, with speech recognition and motion-sensing cameras allowing users to control screens embedded into desktops or whiteboards. — More schools will ditch textbooks for tablet PCs that hold dozens of books. New types of textbooks will increasingly contain video and other media. — Companies and government agencies will embrace three-dimensional computing, giving users new ways of interacting with virtual worlds. Students will increasingly use software to simulate experiments.

Continue reading

Edusim status report

The Edusim project keeps moving forward. Our Alpha 04 version has been released and is available at http://edusim3d.com/?page=parts.php?=2 . We also now have a quickstart beginners guide and quick start videos located at http://edusim3d.com/?page=parts.php?=4Our hope is that with the base application becoming more stable, along with quickstart videos and tutorials we can now start to focus a bit more on Edusim lessons and premium lesson development. We currently have 10 available lessons located at – http://edusim3d.com/?page=parts.php?=3 – with plans to have 2 more basic lessons and 1 premium lesson available by summer. Over the summer we then plan to hold several educator mini-grant development sessions where Edusim lesson development can then become what it needs to be – with the goal of having at least 30 basic and 5 premium lessons by Sept. 08. The application has been downloaded over…

Continue reading