These are some images from the first meeting of V-Learn, the Virtual Reality Learning Conference, May 19 and 20, 1999 held around the world in Cyberspace through Activeworlds (http://www.activeworlds.com). Visit http://www.tc.cornell.edu/Exhibits/Worlds/talks.html to get a full look at the conference schedule and links.
Day 1 - Here we are gathering inside one of the VR spaces to listen to a "live" lecture over a Web Cam. That’s Bruce Damer and Stuart Gold who are in the front of our physical room but also on the Web Cam.
Here I am in the audience – in the middle with the navy blazer and light blue shirt - as my Avatar stares at the front screen.
A new meaning for reflection.
A lecture and discussion at Cornell on some theoretical and philosophical issues about interactions in these spaces.
Day 2 – Joint Conference inside Active worlds space V-UCSC28. Participants are physically at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and Univ of Calif at Santa Cruz. The landscape is the terrain around the campus up on the hillside in Santa Cruz. Digital camera images were mapped onto the landscape. The large board on the right may be used to transport your avatar to the 8 colleges of the University. The middle square contains a campus map. On the far left, the participants see a video feed from the tiered lab at Cornell where each participant has a computer and avatar exploring the space. We are listening to each other via a real audio streaming feed. The UCSC led the Cornell participants around their campus, explaining the history of the colleges and also demonstrating the features of the ActiveWorlds environment like quickly creating additions to buildings.
Here Margaret Corbin of Cornell, the conference organizer leads us on a tour of the Science Center, a creation of many pods within the Cornell and other scientific communities. Much of the work was done by Delbert Martin, a tenth grader from a local high school.
Here we go visit the Supercomputing Center at NASA. There are links here to satellite images, and many other items such as "live" data updates.
Finally we pay a visit to BioLearn. In this world there are links to webcams all over the globe, links to large databases with info on biological subjects, and also links to area maps. You can jump into the ocean and go visit an undersea garden complete with fish, etc