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I run two main internet TV channels, my personal channel, Boris in Wonderland, which is approaching 100,000 viewers, and the IBM Business Center Channel, which also embed into our website, which just hit over 150,000 minutes, with almost 67,000 minutes this month!  WOOHOO!

Yesterday I dropped in on the virtual Climate Conference 08 hosted by Imperial College London and being held in Second Life.  I was interested to see how others are using Second Life for conferences, especially as we at IBM have just launched an online community for academics interested in virtual worlds. This was their first conference, so they were pretty pleased with the results – well done!  🙂  The talk I saw by Franklin Orr sounded interesting, although I’m no green expert so it started to go a bit over my head 🙂  He used a great chart though on the worlds energy balance.

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They decided to stream the speakers voice in rather than use Voice Chat.  I think this is the biggest learning point for them perhaps, as the speaker did not have an avatar, and so it seemed a little disembodied.  Again though, well done for experimenting 🙂

I bumped into Mal Burns there too – good to catch up.

Have just been supporting an event for IBM Japan about the future of the 3D internet.

http://www.ibm.com/virtualworlds/businesscenter/jp/events/virtualseminar/

IBM バーチャル・セミナー ライブ中継- Japan via kwout

It all went pretty well and you can see the video by clicking on the link above and pressing “ON-DEMAND” or going direct to the replays: Presentations, Discussions.

I had about 17 virtual cameras setup plus I used the 3D “Space Navigaor” mouse to pan around the audience etc.  Take a quick look, even if you don’t speak Japanese for the lovely camera work!  There were two learning points that came up:

  1. Don’t accidentally leave your mic on! (my daughter ran into the room asking for me to go and play)!
  2. Consider using speech bubbles so you know who’s asking a question.

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