People who are geographically separated find it difficult to stay in contact. Tapping into a computer network can prove tough even for those with modern equipment. One solution is to create virtual meeting places.
M.LOUNGE (Magic Lounge) is one of thirteen projects researching Intelligent Information Interfaces (i3). It builds on several existing software technologies, such as multimedia, Java-based applications, dialogue processing and speech/gesture recognition. Driving its work is the way networked computers, wireless communication and mobile computing are changing work practices and the use of communications.
The aim of the project is to develop shared virtual spaces for a number of users - who may be working with communication devices that vary from a laptop to an advanced multimedia workstation. The researchers have already developed a scaleable platform for the creation of such meeting places, a platform that allows users to interact and communicate by becoming virtual characters within the virtual space.
Intelligent communication services of this kind should help create a new generation of telecommunication and 'telecooperation' systems, capable of coping with the requirements of (possibly mobile) non-expert users. The project's results will be disseminated to a large community of potential end-users within industry and academia.
A multimedia showcase at EITC demonstrates the communication services being developed under the project, including visual self-representations and delegates for inhabitants of virtual information spaces.
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