Friday 14 September 2007

Franchised Topology

You want to meet up with your buddy in Johannesburg, but don't want the 12hour flight? Just pop on your VR overlay spex and head off to a local pub, let the Spex superimpose vis photo realistic avatar over the environment.
Vis avatar mimics vis real movements gesture for gesture. Head, and pupil tracking keep his position consistent as you move around. But unless you are in an empty room ve will seem to walk through tables, and vis glass will hover in the air, the illusion will be broken.
The solution is..

to standardise the topology of the shared spaces. Mac Donald's could build all its restaurants with the same floor plan, allowing the remote virtual dinners to interact consistently with their locally corporal colleague's environment. A glass placed on a table in Jo'burg will appear to rest on an identically positioned table in London. Open VML descriptions of these geometries would allow small restaurants and bars to standardise too. Add payment integration: You buy the attractive lady a drink unaware that your spex are blitting her in from Moscow, but the system knows; so routes your request to that pub. You watch the Russian waitress swaying between the tables (identically placed in both bars) to bring your new friend the drink. Shortcomings may be discovered if the evening keeps on going so well, but telepresence prosthetics can probably help there.


iPhone tactile feedback - rumble pack.

Does anybody use vibrate function of the iPhone to give force feedback? A very short vibrate pulse could feel like a click, letting the user know when ve has pressed a key. It could, I suppose, be just as easily used as a rumble in games.