Sunday, March 30, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent Teams with Georgia Tech on 3D Virtual Collaboration Environments

Alcatel-Lucent and Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a widescale distributed mobile Augmented Reality (AR) interface prototype. The prototype, which is the first development resulting from the Alcatel-Lucent 4G Center of Excellence established in 2007 at Georgia Tech, enables users to collaborate with colleagues in a virtual world from their mobile device.

In addition, the team has developed an advanced interface for a multiplayer online game that enables players to "collect" items from their favorite TV shows and then share these items with others in the real world using location and presence information.

"Augmented Reality technology - enabled by new business models for advertising, social networking and media - merges the physical and the virtual worlds. Next-generation technology is required to access these high-bandwidth 3D environments so that the mobile device can provide the 'magic window' into the virtual world," said Jessica Stanley-Yurkovic, vice president of North America marketing for Alcatel-Lucent. "Our partnership with Georgia Tech and the work we are doing there is a critical first step toward developing services and technologies that go beyond today's capabilities toward a next- generation user experience."http://www.alcatel-lucent.,com

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