Thursday, November 09, 2006
Here is a bit of interesting technology. It is a 3-Dimensional browser. You create a 3D space (called a village) and then you get a person (avatar) to walk through the space looking at "billboards" of all the web sites you have choosen. So you "walk around" looking at your chosen web sites each day instead of having to surf individually to each site and clicking. With this you get an instant visual of the site. You can also have friends join you in your virtual space and then chat with them via a text chat.
Imagine using technology like this for new employee orientation. The new employee is dropped, as an avatar that they choose, into this space and told to explore all the company web sites...for benefits, travel reports, PO requisitions, and other information all in one place all very VISUAL. Great for the visual gamers who are quickly entering the workforce. You could have some "mentors" wondering around the space answering questions, you could even have a group of new employees exploring the company web sites together.
View a demonstration I recorded using Captivate showing the interactivity. (Warning, it takes a little time to download and there is no sound except some annoying typing sounds, but it does give you a rough idea of the technology.)
Or check out the web site for www.3B.net
If you can think of other uses for this technology in terms of training, let me know via a comment on this blog.
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