The Edusim Advisory Group Announcement

We are currently in the process of putting together an Edusim advisory group who will direct content development and design decision as we prepare to release the Edusim Beta 01 distribution of Cobalt mid 2010. This group will meet twice a month virtually – initially via Adobe Connect, then as the Cobalt environment matures within a Cobalt environment. The groups goals will be to: (1) Establish 10 “pilot” lessons for Edusim and the classroom interactive whiteboard that address specific K-12 math, science, language arts, or social studies standards (2) Establish a framework for a web based shared repository of user generated lessons. (3) Identify key functions and features that will make Edusim – Cobalt more capable for the K-12 classroom teacher. If you are interested in participating in this advisory group please email Rich White at rich.white@greenbush.org with your intent‚Ķ

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THE REAL IMPACT OF THE IPHONE – ANDROID (repost from 11-13-2007)

THE REAL IMPACT OF THE IPHONE РANDROID (repost from 11-13-2007)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 Рits 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…

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Virtual Worlds, Touch, & Ultra Mobiles

(This post was first published on Dec. 10th 2007 and is re-published today) As the stars start to align on the “ultra mobile internet revolution” a few things to monitor (1) 700 mhz auction – providers opening up their networks (past labs posts – [rich.greenbush.us]) (2) “gPhone” Android runs the new phone (Linux on the low end) (3) “Touch & multi-touch” starts in the phone – ends up everywhere – tables spawn a new life ! (4) Small powerful cheap “mini-laptops” – roll over, start to crawl [eeepc.asus.com] (5) If its not mobile – its immersive (or its convenient)

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Virtual Worlds in College Growing

Via pixelsandpolicy.com¬† Colleges around the country are turning generic computer science and programming courses into studies in applied science. Instead of learning how to script or design from a textbook, professors are taking their students in-world across a variety of virtual worlds to practice their skills on real objects. These courses aren’t just for kicks – as the article notes the skills required of successful designers and content/world creators have applications outside mere play. From educational simulations to military war games, video-game design is booming while other sectors of the economy continue to contract. ¬†

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‚ÄúPlausible Interactive Copy‚ÄĚ and a Twitter exchange with @Dr_Manhattan @JeffLowe @solidsmack

РDr_Manhattan @RichWhite Mouse & keyboard are in my humble opinion the biggest albatross on any computer. When we go voice recognition & touch control wow JeffLowe @dr_manhattan @solidsmack @richwhite future tech interface = magic-like technomage wave of hand and concentrated thought @SolidSmack …. Virtual touch huh …. they are catching on ! …. Maybe we can get him to show http://tinyurl.com/2ccbtf RichWhite And some day the surface will not only react to our touch (like today) but to the 3D content being displayed ! http://tinyurl.com/y8tavp8

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What is “Immersive Touch”

Immersive Touch, as it is defined in the Edusim wikipedia entry is: Immersive Touch is defined as the direct manipulation of 3D virtual environment objects using single or multi-touch surface hardware. Coined first to describe and define the principles associated with Edusim. Now immersive touch is taking on a broader focus and meaning with the broader adaption of surface and touch driven hardware such as the Ipone, Ipod Touch, and a growing list of other hardware. Click for a larger image

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