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http://www.justleapin.com/technical

JustLeapIn fits in the same category as Google Lively. I am a little surprised, well somewhat, at the number of browser plugin based 3D worlds re-emerging on the market because there has been a lot of earlier efforts that did not pan out such as the 3DState effort like 8 years ago and Cosmo (VRML plugin from Sun) much earlier. In my opinion, Lively or JustLeapIn ‘worlds’ will function as a low barrier entry to the 3D Internet but they do not seem to have the back end to support deeply plastic virtual spaces. The art path that JustLeapIn provides is not clear probably because it is still under development. However, at this point in the game, they will provide the kind of surface, cosmetic level customizations that 80% of users expect mainly for social applications but certainly not for  simulations-for-training applications that require deep level customizations. I think that we will probably see less diversity regarding content and probably less interactive content in such virtual environments but, hey at least, a wider audience will become familiar with 3d space navigation using arrow keys.

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http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4557935.ece

Image Metrics has emerged as leader in the creation of realistic facial animations. This of course has a lot of implication regarding what will be possible in the virtual worlds of the future. Check out the animation. She is considered to be one of the first animations to have overleapt a long-standing barrier known as ‘uncanny valley’ – which refers to the perception that animation looks less realistic as it approaches human likeness.

Some other informative video clips on this topic is available here.

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I thought I would use Wordle to represent my carrier at a glance. I just took my research statement from 2004 and ran it through Wordle. And this is the result

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I took a stab at creating a Google Gadget for searching Second Life. Check it out, it seems that searching classified in SL at the moment is broken. Hope they fix it soon.

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http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/commentary/cultofmac/2002/08/54370

Bill Atkinson is the programming genius behind many ground breaking Apple products namely Hypercard, MacPaint.

“I have realized over time that I missed the mark with HyperCard,” he said from his studio in Menlo Park, California. “I grew up in a box-centric culture at Apple. If I’d grown up in a network-centric culture, like Sun, HyperCard might have been the first Web browser. My blind spot at Apple prevented me from making HyperCard the first Web browser.”

“I thought everyone connected was a pipe dream,” he said. “Boy, was I wrong. I missed that one.”

I think it is very good practice for all designers or entrepreneurs to spend some time looking for their own blind spots. This is a goal I hope I can personally follow every day for the rest of my working days.

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Looks like we’ve come a long way since the early micro computers. I bet 10 years from now, we’ll be having similar feelings looking at our current PCs and laptops.

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Clip of the 100$ Laptop

The 100$ laptop is very impressive from various perspectives e.g. aesthetics, functionality etc…. What impresses me most is its networking capabilities which does not require a pre-existing network infrastructure.

More information here.

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