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Real-to-virtual, virtual-to-real bridge via sensors

July 14, 2009 By: studiosfo Category: Uncategorized No Comments →


Here’s an interesting article ( MIT Media Lab’s work with linking real and virtual objects, or perhaps virtual to real objects via sensors and embedded tech into ordinary objects.  We’ve discussed this from time to time at the SIG.  Can you think of some real world uses for this?

The paper by Joseph Paradiso [] is $19. but the bibliography is a great list of resources to check out!

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“…various implementations of cross-reality which render and manifest phenomena between the real world and shared online virtual environments via densely embedded sensor and actuator networks. ” “These technologies’ application areas involve fluid browsing of and interaction with the geographically dispersed real world in an unconstrained virtual environment and ubiquitous multiscale telepresence.”

V. Vinge, Rainbows End, Tor Books, 2006.

C. Stross, Halting State, Ace Books, 2007.

P. Milgram and F. Kishino, “A Taxonomy of Mixed Reality Visual Displays,” IEICE Trans. Information and Systems, vol. E77-D, no. 12, 1994, pp. 1321–1329.

J. Lifton et al., “A Platform for Ubiquitous Sensor Deployment in Occupational and Domestic Environments,” Proc. Int’l Conf. Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN 07), ACM Press, 2007, pp. 119–127.

J. Lifton and J.A. Paradiso, “Dual Reality—Merging the Real and Virtual,” to be presented at the 1st Int’l Conf. Facets of Virtual Environments (FAVE 09), Springer LNICST, 27–29 July 2009.

M. Musolesi et al., “The Second Life of a Sensor: Integrating Real-World Experience in Virtual Worlds Using Mobile Phones,” Proc. 5th ACM Workshop Embedded Networked Sensors (HotEmNets 08), ACM Press, 2008, pp. 12–16.

J.A. Paradiso et al., “Identifying and Facilitating Social Interaction with a Wearable Wireless Sensor Network,” to be published in the J. Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Springer, 2009.

M. Laibowitz, N.-W. Gong, and J.A. Paradiso, “Wearable Sensing for Dynamic Management of Dense Ubiquitous Media,” Proc. 6th Int’l Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN 09), IEEE CS Press, 2009, pp. 3-8.

V. Bellotti and A. Sellen, “Design for Privacy in Ubiquitous Computing Environments,” Proc. 3rd European Conf. Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 93), Kluwer Academic, 1993, pp. 77–92.

N.-W. Gong, “Configurable Dynamic Privacy for Pervasive Sensor Networks,” master’s thesis, MIT Media Lab, 2009.

R. Roush, “New Portal to Second Life: Your Phone,” Technology Rev. Online,16 Feb. 2007; .

J. Lifton et al., “Tricorder: A Mobile Sensor Network Browser,” Proc. ACM Computer-Human Interaction Conf.—Mobile Spatial Interaction Workshop (CHI 07), 2007; http://msi.ftw.atprogram.

M. Mittal, “Ubicorder: A Mobile Interface to Sensor Networks,” master’s thesis, MIT Media Lab, 2008.

H. Hile and G. Borriello, “Information Overlay for Camera Phones in Indoor Environments,” Proc. 3rd Int’l Symp. Location- and Context-Awareness (LoCA 07), LNCS 4718, Springer, 2007, pp. 68–84.

D. Wagner and D. Schmalstieg, “Making Augmented Reality Practical on Mobile Phones, Part 1,” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 29, no. 3, 2009, pp. 12–15.

S. Askay, “New Visualization Tools for Environmental Sensor Networks: Using Google Earth as an Interface to Micro-Climate and Multimedia Datasets,” master’s thesis, Dept. Environmental Sciences, Univ. of California, Riverside, 2006.

S. Nath, J. Liu, and F. Zhao, “SensorMap for Wide-Area Sensor Webs,” Computer, vol. 40, no. 7, 2007, pp. 90–93.

C. Ware, Information Visualization, Morgan Kaufmann, 2004.

W. Roush, “Second Earth,” Technology Rev., vol. 110, no. 4, 2007, pp. 38–48.
[5a] G. Boone, “Reality Mining: Browsing Reality with Sensor Networks,” Sensors, vol. 21, no. 9, 2004, pp. 14–19.

“IBM Launches 3-D Data Center in OpenSim,” Virtual Worlds News,21 February 2008; .

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[Bob Ketner]

Whirlwind tour through 70 virtual worlds

July 03, 2009 By: studiosfo Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

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Save yourself some time, this video is a real accomplishment!
(Soundtrack is a bit mulletted but otherwise… )

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Metaplace offers embeddable worlds

July 01, 2009 By: studiosfo Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

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I’ve shrunk this one a bit to fit within the page. You can also hit “fullscreen” to jump to the full view. Awesome.

[Bob Ketner]

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