Monday, December 19, 2005

Presenting Croquet

Last October, Preston Austin and I gave a presentation on the Croquet Project at an event sponsored by Accelerate Madison, a premier Wisconsin-based networking and business support organization focused on information technology issues. Fortunately, the organizers arranged to record the entire presentation and make it available to anyone via Webcast. The Webcast includes the full program and presentation including video, audio and visual graphics. Its one of the only resources on the web that can provide you with view of Croquet technology in action. Click here to view the October 13th, 2005 presentation.

1 comment:

Darius said...

I believe Julian Lombardi and Preston Austin's presentation, while surprising comprehensive for the time they had, could have been significantly enhanced by adding just a couple more points.

1. Point out the multilingual capacity of Squeak, and therefore, Croquet's potential global reach.
2. Show the “3D Portal” which shows how the avatar can carry around an interactive, real-time, mini, self-referencing 3D map of the 3D world that the avatar is in. This helps the audience visualize the real time modeling and “business process” modeling capabilities of Croquet for business and academic scenarios a bit better than just showing the molecule model.
3. Mention how application distribution is as simple and automatic as 3D object distribution, text document distribution, and 3D world distribution.
4. Reference Google Earth to show the pent up potential for 3D as “integrated and juxtaposed with a wide area of disparate data” thereby presenting to the view new meanings and perspectives from the data. Google Earth also nicely illustrates the concept of “download or share just the content you need when you need it.”
5. Show the “Coriollus effect” world space (TSolar class that combines earth rotation, gravity, friction, and a particle emitter) to underline how an interactive model can often visually convey the understanding of an idea faster and more completely than a lot of time reading a lot of text.
6. Show the “annotation viewing portal” to illustrate the ability to create and access many more layers of information while remaining in the same environment and the same user interface.
7. And, perhaps mention how to prevent “instant, worldwide crash distribution” if we allow instant, global program update distribution.