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    1. 1. b T h e r e T e c h n o l o g i e s “better than being there” Ralph Sklarew [email_address] Julia Loughran [email_address]
    2. 2. Coalition Working on Common Vision <ul><li>Experience and interest in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Application development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human factors and usability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual team, meeting and leadership: development, support and evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Branding and marketing </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Our Common Vision <ul><li>Online workplaces are 3D simulated collaborative settings for distributed teams to really work together </li></ul><ul><li>Business model: purchase or rental of full offices or meeting rooms with supporting services through software licensing and consulting </li></ul>
    4. 4. Using bThere <ul><li>Brings context to collaboration with “place” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>participants visualized in settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>move about, see and talk with each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use simulated equipment (apps, services) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>immersive, focused, high “brainwidth” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Any computer can host shared workspace: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cell phone with a thin client </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fully immersive PC system </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Workspaces: Simulated Settings <ul><li>Meeting and conference rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Convention facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Bullpen of individual cubicles </li></ul><ul><li>Full service offices </li></ul><ul><li>Informal spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Aesthetic scenes </li></ul>
    6. 6. bThere Advantages <ul><li>Workplace that is recognizable and meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates people, places, software and services </li></ul><ul><li>Subsumes current 2D document metaphor </li></ul><ul><li>Control over decoration, objects and animation </li></ul><ul><li>Greater focus and higher bandwidth into brain </li></ul><ul><li>Enables imagination by reducing constraints </li></ul>
    7. 7. Design Goals <ul><li>Productivity enhancement for individuals and teams </li></ul><ul><li>Simplicity for new users and power for pros </li></ul><ul><li>Delight in aesthetics and affordances </li></ul>
    8. 8. 1. Tech Requirements <ul><li>High fidelity avatar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>user likeness for recognition & trust in business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mimic user actions: lip sync, facial expressions, gestures, body language </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simple and powerful commands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>view point: zoom, pan, scan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>actions: movement, equipment use, interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keyboard, position controller , on-screen buttons, voice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>decorate, build , animate, simulate </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. 2. Tech Requirements <ul><li>Streaming multimedia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>multiple streams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>direction and position dependent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>voice: positional , transcription by recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recording </li></ul><ul><ul><li>audio, video, re-play , indexed by transcript </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application and services integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>represented as office equipment and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>facilities within the setting </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. 3. Tech Requirements <ul><li>High fidelity environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>business setting, equipment and facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>white board, projector, computer , wall charts, TV </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>thin client (no software installation) for cell phones, PDAs, and public and shared PCs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full immersion with multiple displays , microphones and speakers (or headset), and cameras </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Installable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>public, private, secure servers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interoperable avatar and assets </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. bThere Markets <ul><li>Start with small group workplaces </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting rooms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>teleconference, telepresence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>presentations, discussions, training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>home office, shared offices, telecommute centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>virtual teams for remote offices, consulting and contracting, outsourcing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>travel facilities: airports, hotels, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>conventions </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. 1. “better than being there” <ul><li>Better than voice, video, web conferencing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>shared space to really work together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>individual controls his view, movement, interaction and equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fuller engagement, more focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>higher bandwidth into brain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>at a user’s desk, cell phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>always on (like IM) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. 2. “better than being there” <ul><li>Better than software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>simulated place to personalize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recognized place for work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integrates applications and services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>extends 2D document metaphor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teams work together </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. 3. “better than being there” <ul><li>Better than being there in person </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reduced travel time, cost, risk, stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integration of applications and services in innovative ways beyond reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mutable physics: fly, teleport, explore within operating (simulated) systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>only limited by imagination with “holo decks” and “replicators” </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. DreamTai Office Presentation in SL
    16. 17. CranialTap Offices in Second Life
    17. 18. Depo Consulting Offices in SL
    18. 19. DreamTai Office 3D Data Display
    19. 20. CranialTap Desk in Second Life
    20. 21. Grozik Associates Offices in SL
    21. 22. Sun Project MPK20 Workroom
    22. 23. Qwaq 3D Model Collaboration
    23. 24. Tixeo Meeting 3D Room