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Philip Rosedale & others testify before The House

Posted on April 1, 2008. Filed under: computers, Congress, electronic, First Life, Free Speech, hackers, hate crime, interface, metaverse, philanthropy, Politicians, Politics, PR, Real Life, Second Life, Technology, United States, VR worlds, Webcasting | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A lot of nothing, frankly to those well acquainted with what goes on in Second Life and other Virtual Worlds, however it is interesting to see and hear what the members of The House have gotten out of their direct exposure to SL and other Virtual Worlds. One mentions the source of the word “avatar” in an ominous manner as if the idiology of the term might foster terrorists. pfft.


From Wikipedia: “In
Hindu philosophy, an avatar (also spelled as avatara) (Sanskrit: अवतार, avatāra), most commonly refers to the incarnation (bodily manifestation) of a divine being (deva), or the Supreme Being (God) onto planet Earth.”

Link to a page where one may download The House Committee on Energy and Commerce video recording of a Hearing on Online Virtual Worlds: Applications and Avatars in a User-Generated Medium

Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building

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Reactable – Prolly one of the COOLEST things I’ve seen ever!

Posted on February 11, 2007. Filed under: clever, computers, electronic, interface, Linkage & W(a/o)nderings, Music, Technology |

You may have to try a few times to get YouTube to load one of the demo films but trust me, it’s worth it!

Reactable is the name, and wildly creative sound generation is the game!

marcosalonso
http://mtg.upf.edu/reactable

The reactable, is a multi-user electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface. Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving physical objects on a luminous table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.

This instrument is being developed by a team of digital luthiers (Sergi Jordà , Martin Kaltenbrunner, Günter Geiger and Marcos Alonso), at the Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

I could so see myself playing with that for hours on end! Thanks to Aazhdeen Thetan for pointing me to the link!

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