Alan Kay Comments on the Apple Tablet (via GigaOM)

I have been a huge fan of Alan Kay for many years.  He is one of the original architects of the Croquet project – and the inventor of the tablet/netbook computer form factor (Known as the Dynabook), so when I read that he commented on the Apple Tablet (via GigaOM) I had to pass it along ! “When the Mac first came out, Newsweek asked me what I [thought] of it. I said: Well, it’s the first personal computer worth criticizing. So at the end of the presentation, Steve came up to me and said: Is the iPhone worth criticizing? And I said: Make the screen five inches by eight inches, and you’ll rule the world.” And It’s not just the screen size of Apple’s upcoming tablet that will please Kay, but the fact that Apple is reportedly selling its tablet with a 3G data plan. This fits right in with…

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LARGE SCREEN IPOD TOUCH AS A VIRTUAL WORLD & GAMING HARDWARE PLATFORM – Repost from Jan 2009

– A repost from Jan 2009 I was skeptical a few months ago when I read “The IPod Touch is a gaming platform” – my first thought was “Wow – thats a small screen”…. Then I read  this piece by Techcrunch We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production. Apple has been experimenting internally with large form tablet devices for years, one source says, but there was concern that users wouldn’t like the device. The difference now is the iTunes app store, which has thousands of games and other applications that are perfect for…

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TwitterNote: Edusim gets another convert !

3D Set To Upgrade Interactive Whiteboard Teaching Resources http://tinyurl.com/ylxq7pe Although a huge number of schools installed interactive whiteboards as the focal teaching resource in the classroom, many are used as a conventional white version of the blackboard with all the electronics turned off. But 3D is about to upgrade the potential. Say hello to the latest Edusim convet ! #smartboard My LONG held belief has been, and is even more so today, that aubiquitous 3D learning environment (such as Edusim) will emerge as a fundamental component ofthe classroom interactive whiteboard over the next 3-5 years (as faras the user interface goes Edusim is so so so close !). These interactive whiteboards certainly are not goingaway any time soon … they are basically the “”IPod Touch” of theclassroom now days – and with 3D projectors and multi-walled unitssure to come … the…

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Printing … in 3D … from Opensim or Edusim … On Campus !

imagine kids on campus creating their own molecules, cells (or windmill – or anything for that matter) via Edusim or Opensim and then printing them out IN 3D via one of these 3D printers:http://tinyurl.com/ycs3f5u  these things were a quarter of a million dollars 4-5 years ago (amazing what price is doing on this front) !  …  at this rate “plausible interactive copies” this might actually happen in our life time – http://roots.greenbush.us/?p=714

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Is Immersive Touch about to get a boost from Apple ?

If you have followed this blog for longer than a day you know my positions on Immersive touch (& Edusim **). So as you can imagine I am quite excited about what the new Apple Slate can potentially do for Immersive touch (direct manipulation of 3D virtual objects in multi-user environments). Apple today sent out invitations to the January 27th presentation that we’ve been hearing much about lately. Along with the colorful invite graphics, they included the caption ‘Come see our latest creation’. (via: http://blogs.computerworld.com)

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3D Display Technology will Revolutionize the Classroom

Because at its core it is about fidelity and “immersing” people & students “into” the content.  Especially on the interactive whiteboard it will be even more revolutionary – and a ripe medium for 3D content designers and natural user interface creators as myself, spurring “Immersive Touch” and “Immersive Natural User Interface” design.  Stay tuned.Key Terms: Immersive Touch – Immersive Natural User Input – Rich Immersive Learning Environments #gblabs

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Download Edusim Alpha 11

The next version of the Edusim distribution of Cobalt – Edusim Alpha 11 – is available for download at the users page here: http://edusim.ning.com Due to a few known bugs I have decided to release a few more Alpha version before the first Beta version (hopefully by this summer) Let me know how it works ! I will be releasing several more video tutorials as well over the next few weeks.

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Immersive Touch – 3D Projectors – Direct Manipulation – Haptics – and the Future Classroom Interactive Whiteboards

– Where might the future interactive whiteboard lead and what will it do to the “Immersive Interaction” within the classroom?  A concept I call “Looking Glass” takes the curved 3D projected (or LCD display) surface, adds haptics, manipulatable 3D virtual learning objects – and rolls them all into one big bag of fun ! I suspect we will see Smartboards with 3D projectors and Edusim like environments in the not too distant future …. As I have stated & presented on more than a few times over the past several years.

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Edusim – Immersive Touch – Patents – and the Public Domain

In several discussion today with collegues regarding the Edusim & immersive touch work brings up an interesting point – in light of Apple securing the patent for “Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Manipulating Three-Dimensional Virtual Objects”. The primary discussion is, can a company really patent something that has been in the public domain for over a year – prior to the patent.the patent for “Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Manipulating Three-Dimensional Virtual Objects” was filed through the United States Patent Application Office on September 29, 2008 – a fullyear AFTER the Edusim prototype was first introduced (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edusim ) @PatParslow – summed it up best by asking “can you patent something after everyone else has started using it?”. After listening to more than a few poeple today I am starting to wonder myself !

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Immersive Touch – and the Direct Manipulation of 3D Virtual Objects & Spaces – Apple Grabs Patent

– I knew I would see this one day – after evangelizing immersive touch of nearly 4 years I though it might happen sooner (looks like they got the patent in 2008) to be honest !  I was plesentaly surprised to see it was Apple diving into “Immersive Touch”! .. Its all about the direct manipulation ! “touch screen device, method and graphical user interface for manipulating three-dimensional virtual objects.” If Apple chooses to incorporate some of the features it outlines in this patent filing, it could essentially mean that that user-interaction experience for the iPhone or a potential “Tablet” will be markedly different in some respects than the iPhone interface we’re currently using. Check out the rest here

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learning affordances of 3-D virtual environments

A nice research piece from the British Journal of Educational Technology “What are the learning affordances of 3-D virtual environments?” – Barney Dalgarno and Mark J. W. Lee This article explores the potential learning benefits of three-dimensional (3-D) virtual learning environments (VLEs). Drawing on published research spanning two decades, it identifies a set of unique characteristics of 3-D VLEs, which includes aspects of their representational fidelity and aspects of the learner–computer interactivity they facilitate. A review of applications of 3-D VLEs is presented, leading to the identification of a series of learning affordances of such environments Catch the whole article here

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