Saturday, October 24, 2009

My first Web.alive Experience

Today I met Chris from Nortel at the Lenovo virtual showroom, based on Nortel's platform web.alive -- a business oriented virtual world. Complete with avatars, this immersive experience is similar to Second Life but without the need to download software.
Via microphone and headset we spoke a while and Chris showed me some cool presentation features. We also exchanged email and links via chat.

You simply go to a web page and logon and you are immediately transported into a virtual 3D world where you are able to really simulate reality.

web.alive is a virtual world software application that provides an enterprise ready, network secured virtual world platform for collaboration, assisted E-Commerce and virtual learning & training applications. web.alive is embedded directly within a web page ensuring users do not have to leave the site to launch the virtual world. Combining stunning 3D graphics and unparalleled in-world realism, web.alive also contains industry revolutionizing 3D spatial audio.

Nortel has licensed the Unreal Engine, the enormously popular graphics system created by Cary video game company Epic Games, for web.alive and the eLounge. It's the first time the Unreal Engine has been used for an e-Commerce application

Lenovo launched its virtual showroom for US customers in January this year and reps are in the lounge from 9:00-7:00 EST.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

AmazonKindle 2 E-book Reader

Amazon Kindle är en läsplatta för e-böcker och andra digitala medier. Den andra generationen, Kindle 2, finns nu tillgängligt även i Sverige för nedladdning av e-böcker, tidningar och tidskrifter via mobilt Internet. En Kindle har 2 GB lagringsminne som motsvarar ca. 1500 böcker. Bildskärmen är på 6″ diagonalt och har en upplösning på 600 x 800 pixel och visar 16 gråtoner, som ger en bra läsbarhet av texten. Batterietiden är på

En Kindle läsplatta kostar $368.73 inkl. frakt och tull.
Good News: Amazon annonced today Oct 22 lowering the price of the Kindle 2 from $279 down to $259!
A research team led by professor Jun’ichi Ushiba of the Keio University Biomedical Engineering Laboratory has developed a BCI system that lets the user walk an avatar through the streets of Second Life while relying solely on the power of thought. To control the avatar on screen, the user simply thinks about moving various body parts — the avatar walks forward when the user thinks about moving his/her own feet, and it turns right and left when the user imagines moving his/her right and left arms.

ShanghAI Lectures

Infonaut is participating a course about "Embodied Intelligence" that is broadcasted by videoconference from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai to 23 universities across the planet, complemented by 3D collaborative virtual environments and other community-building activities to promote interaction and cooperation among the participants.

The lectures are based on "How the Body Shapes the Way We Think - A New View of Intelligence" by Rolf Pfeifer and Josh C. Bongard, MIT Press, November 2006, ISBN 0-262-16239.

How could the body influence our thinking when it seems obvious that the brain controls the body? In How the Body Shapes the Way We Think, Rolf Pfeifer and Josh Bongard demonstrate that thought is not independent of the body but is tightly constrained, and at the same time enabled, by it. They argue that the kinds of thoughts we are capable of have their foundation in our embodiment - in our morphology and the material properties of our bodies.

The first lecture included the opening ceremony with Jie Yin, Vice President, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Weidong Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Prof. Rolf Pfeifer, University of Zürich. In the second part of the lecture prof. Pfeifer gave a short introduction about the topic intelligence.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Global Virtual University

In the fall term 2009, Prof. Rolf Pfeifer, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AI Lab) at the University of Zurich, will deliver a global lecture series on “Natural and Artificial Intelligence”. The series will be transmitted live to more than 15 universities worldwide via videoconference. Both students and private persons can actively participate in the lectures thanks to the support of SWITCH and the Hasler Foundation.
The lectures will start on October 15th 2009