Video: Free IMVU Voice Chat with payments for Voice Effects

If you read my blog, you know I love IMVU for their ability to connect business and virtual worlds (maybe a bit too much, but I may talk about it in a future post). In any event, they just added voice (as can be seen in this video). Notice how the basic feature is FREE, and you do pay for content (voice effects). Since many users, want to keep their anonymity — and willing to pay for that — here’s a perfect set of micro virtual products. The interface looks easy to use and lots of fun.

07-Jan-2010 Israel 15:00: Blumberg Capital sponsored Event: Business opportunities in the Virtual Reality Host Dr. Yesha re 3D3C Opportunities

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OpenCoffeeClub: Meetup Group in Israel

We will meet at our usual meetup place at Sun office for a special event sponsored by Blumberg Capital.

We have gathered a team to make these meetups efficient and fruitful. We on our side try our best. Please bring business cards and a short statement of what do you want to get from this meeting.

15:00 – 15:30 Gathering and networking
15:30 – 16:00 Reality, Virtual Reality and Intensified Reality – Real Business Opportunities- Dr. Yesha Sivan – Metaverse Labs LTD, Shenkar College of Engineering and design
16:00 – 16:15 Conversation (Q&A)
16:15 – 16:30 Digital Living Room and Virtual Reality – Investments opportunities – Bruce K. Taragin – managing Director – Blumberg Capital
16:30 – 16:45 Personal introduction
16:45 – 17:00 Networking

About Dr. Sivan:
Dr. Yesha Bio
Connecting real and virtual worlds

About Bruce K. Taragin:
Bruce profile
Blumberg Capital

We hope you all find this meetup useful. Please let us know what do you think.
(Issar Zak & Yael Shany)

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Top 5 Intriguing Cutter IT Articles of 2009 (Real Virtuality by… Yesha Sivan)

A bit of Self-bragging… my paper was selected as one of the top 5 Intriguing Cutter IT Articles of 2009

Top 5 Intriguing Cutter IT Articles of 2009

by Karen Coburn, President & CEO, Cutter Consortium

This week, we’re taking a look back at the five most intriguing articles published in Cutter’s Cutter IT Journal over this past year. As you might imagine, it was no small task to cull the list and pare it down to just five articles. Look for these lists from each of our nine practice areas for a compilation of Cutter’s 45 most intriguing articles of the year.

All of us at Cutter wish you health, prosperity, and happiness in the New Year!

–Karen Coburn, President & CEO

1. The Challenges of SOA Governance by Paul Allen

Despite the promises of service-oriented architecture (SOA), many organizations are increasingly encountering difficult governance issues as they start to ramp up their early SOA efforts. SOA governance tends to get approached in primarily two ways: as a technology or as a cultural phenomenon. The most fruitful approach lies somewhere in between. Learn how pragmatic approaches to governance blend and balance the two with respect to the needs of the particular organization.

2. Is E-Mail Becoming Passé: The Rise of Niche Media by Tom DeMarco

It’s no secret that today’s college students have trouble writing clear text. I’ve been working this past year with a group of University of Maine undergrads, helping them build the writing skills that most of us assumed were honed in their middle school or high school years. On one two-draft assignment, I raced to get marked-up papers back to the students before they needed to start on their second drafts.

3. Assessing the Culture of Your Organization by Bob Furniss

Culture is a feeling in your organization that is hard to categorize but easy to see. Culture is what your employees say about service and the customer when no one else is around — around the lunch table or over drinks. Culture is an attitude toward quality. Culture is the norms, attitudes, beliefs, and values that employees place on their job, their organization, and their relationship with the customer. So what is your culture? Let’s explore the possibilities, read on.

4. Real Virtuality: Preparing for a Long-Term Paradigm Shift by Yesha Y. Sivan

IT managers need to have a split personality: they must be both conservative and innovative. On the one hand, they have to maintain older systems and keep current processes working smoothly. On the other hand, they have to continually examine new IT technologies that can alter the business. Around 1990, a “game-changing” technology, the Internet, emerged. New businesses that embraced the Internet in innovative ways — such as eBay, Amazon, and Google — thrived. However, companies that failed to embrace the Internet early — such as Tower Records, Barnes & Noble, and Rand McNally — were less fortunate. Tower closed, Barnes & Noble missed the online business that now belongs to Amazon, and Rand McNally failed to capture the online mapping business. Read on to discover how real virtual worlds will, in due course, provide the IT industry with the paradigm shift it needs to seize more business opportunities and growth.

5. To Do or Too Due? Getting the Most out of Personal Productivity Toolsby Joseph Feller

In my article in the July 2009 Cutter Benchmark Review (see “Looking at Personal Productivity Tools and Systems,”Vol. 9, No. 7), I wanted to identify some of the tools, techniques, attitudes, and environmental factors that could use a tune-up so that people could continue to get the job done but in a way that lets them go home at the end of the day without work lurking behind them. Specifically, I wanted to examine the extent to which practices and attitudes, revealed in the CBR survey on which that article was based, support or inhibit externalizing memory, making information actionable, and executing actions in a situated and agile fashion. Based on my analysis of the survey data, I offer a few pieces of advice.

Top 5 Intriguing Cutter IT Articles of 2009

My Talk at 10-Jan-2010: Synthetic Reality: The Science and Applications of Virtual, Mixed, and Augmented Reality (IBM Haifa)

The Advanced Virtuality Lab (AVL), Sammy Ofer School of Communications, IDC, in cooperation with the IBM Haifa Research Lab.

Synthetic Reality is a symposium that combines keynote addresses, presentations of research papers, poster sessions, technical demonstrations, an industrial track, and tutorials. The event will provide an opportunity for researchers from multiple disciplines to discuss the science and applications of synthetic realities.

Full Program (see here) (main site)

9:00 Registration

9:30 Opening remarks

10:00 Keynote: Embodied Media and Mixed Reality for Social and Physical Interactive Communication
Prof. Adrian David Cheok, Director of Mixed-Reality Lab, National University of Singapore

11:00 Invited Talk: Technology Supported Collaboration Paradigms for Rehabilitation: From Physical to Virtual
Prof. Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss,
Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa

11:30 Break

Session 1: Science & Technology
Session chair: Benny Cohen, IBM

Virtual Reality, Brain & Enhancement of Human Capabilities: Emerging Technologies Applications
Miriam Reiner, Technion, Son Preminger, Weizmann Institute of Science

Natural Multisensory VE-Game Evokes Behavioral & Neural Enhancement
Irit Birnboim, Technion

In-Place Augmented Reality
Nate Hagbi, Oriel Bergig, Jihad El- Sana, Klara Kedem, Ben Gurion University. Mark Billinghurst, Uni. Of Canterbury, New Zealand

Virtual Worlds: State of Standards Q4 2009 Yesha Sivan, Shenkar College of Eng. and Design & Metaverse Labs

Social Signal Processing: Tracking Group Interaction in Mixed Reality
Eyal Dim and Tsvi Kuflik, Uni. Of Haifa

13:15 Lunch
During lunch interactive demos will be presented in the lobby
– David Burden and Hanan Gazit , Daden Limited, MetaverSense,Virtual Worlds for Education: The Joy of Creation PIVOTE System
– IDC, Virtual Studio showreel
– IDC, Second Life Bots
– IDC, Heart-rate driven HalfLife2
– SenseGraphics, Haptic-Visual VR
– Shachar Oz, Augmented Reality

Session 2: Industry and Applications
Session Chair: Miriam Reiner,

Augmented Reality for Gait Improvement in Movement Disorders Patients
Yoram Baram, Technion