Monthly Archives: October 2010

Learning in other worlds – Lahti

There are a few of the metarati gathered here in Sibelius hall in Lahti for a very well organized conference. Right now Ken Hudson is doing his opening keynote setting the scene for the rest of us to layer our experiences on.
Ken used some initial setup with both the Gartner hype cycle, indicating the trough of disillusionment is a good thing.
Then illustrating the proteus effect and how all media is a place that we populate with shades of ourselves.
The main part of the pitch is the canadian border crossing examples or training and rehearsal, combined with documented results.
Using the anecdotes and examples that populate our industry. The real life life saving based on having learned in America’s Army etc. There is also the great example of an American Football player running along the goal line before a touchdown. When asked why he said “That’s what I do in Madden on the console to run the clock down”.
What is interesting and cool is the level of organization of the conference though. I have power, I have wireless. There are 3 main screens the presenter screen one side, a twitter feed the other and its being videocast into Second Life and Second Life is up on the third screen.
A body of staff and students are busy running the event. There is an official twitter feed @oem2010
As a national Finnish conference of some note it is not just treated as a freebie. The SL attendees are paying guests.
A few of us, Bill May, Karl Kapp and I are doing a business track pitch today, a panel and then tomorrow a bit longer pitch (where I can do the whole cave painting piece looking forwards).
Claus is here to talk about Popartlab too so we have a great variety of conversation. So some of the #metameets crew are here 🙂

Scanning a monkey

Episode 4 of The Cool Stuff Collective aired tonight. It is the best so far. It is one where I get to act too 🙂 Monkey has invented a time machine and I am helping him at the start. Its a speaking role too 🙂 I know that sounds odd but all the other things I do are me being me, so it was great fun to have done some of the other bits in the show that everyone else gets roped into to do too.
In the Future tech section this show we use the NextEngine 3d scanner as the main prop. We were actually scanning the fairy but as the intention was to explain the principle rather that spend time making a perfect model (which the scanner is more than capable of doing) we did not do too much spinning around of the fairy on screen. I had been practicing with how the scanner worked at home, as I really like to feel how things work through doing. It makes it much easier and more genuine to talk about it then.
3d scanning
As part of the end gag of the show I had taken the first scan I did (of predlet 2.0’s own monkey) and constructed a toilet like set of prims next to it in blender in windows on bootcamp on my Mac. i.e. a combination that I was not really used to.
This has meant that my coder art actually fits in it shows that you can just build anything and scan anything.
3d Scanning
I never claim to be a graphic designer. I love the tools of that trade and the results of good design. Still it works on the show 🙂
Loved this show, and I must get back to helping monkey with his time machine/cardboard box covered in foil and wire