Friday, December 3, 2010

Kataspace: browser-based virtual worlds built with WebGL and HTML5

Katalabs, a small company that emerged from a Stanford research community, has released an open source framework for building browser-based virtual worlds. The software, called KataSpace, uses emerging Web standards like WebGL and WebSockets. It allows users to interact with each other in a 3D environment that loads natively in modern Web browsers—without requiring any proprietary third-party plugins.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tactile blanket demonstrated at Dutch educational event "Night of the Nerds"

Yesterday we demonstrated our tactile blanket at a public educational event for young people interested in science & technology. Very positive feedback from the audience!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

HAVE 2010: Symposium on Haptics Audio-Visual Environments and Games

HAVE 2010 - International Symposium on Haptics Audio-Visual Environments and Games
October 16-17 2010, Phoenix, AZ.

Papers are being solicited on all aspects of multimodal haptic audio visual virtual environment technologies and related haptic applications, including Haptic sensors and renderers, Hapto-audio-visual systems and applications, Hapto-surgical/medical systems, Haptic compression and prediction, multimodal perception and psychophysics, Haptic game interfaces, tele-haptics and tele-operation, augmented and virtualized reality, collaborative virtual environments, human-computer interaction in virtual environments, multi-sensor data fusion, object modeling, soft computing techniques, RTIs and related APIs.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

W3C to host Augmented Reality on the Web in Barcelona

W3C is delighted to announce this upcoming W3C Workshop:

  "Augmented Reality on the Web"
  15-16 June 2010 -- Barcelona, Spain

The workshop will take place at the Barcelona Tech University (Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya) and is co-located with the Mobile 2.0 conference that takes place on the following day (17 June -

Important dates until then:
 * From today: Send expression of interest
 * 29 May: Deadline for position papers
 * 7 June: Acceptance notification and registration instructions sent
 * 15-16 June: Workshop

More information is available in the Call for Participation:

Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a real-world environment whose elements are supplemented with, or augmented by computer generated imagery. AR is a long standing topic in its own right but it has not been developed on the Web platform. As mobile devices become more powerful and feature-rich, the workshop will explore the possible convergence of AR and the Web.

The objective of this W3C workshop on Augmented Reality on the Web is to provide a single forum for researchers and technologists to discuss the state of the art for AR on the Web, particularly the mobile platform, and what role standardization should play for Open Augmented Reality.

If you have any questions, please contact Phil Archer <>.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Workshop on Haptic and Audio-Visual Stimuli: Enhancing Experiences and Interaction

In this special symposium we want to address the specific effects of combined (multi-sensory) stimuli. Topics we want to address range from the effect of mutual timing in audio, video and haptic stimuli, to actuator technologies, to how to such "more than the sum of the elements" effects of multimodal stimuli are created in a user's perception.

Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This workshop is organized by Twente University and Philips Research and it precedes the EuroHaptics 2010 conference.

See the workshop website for more information.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Virtual Traces: tourists sharing content in a hotel lobby

A recent report from Philips Research shows how an interactive, collaborative media system can be used by tourists to share their experiences with others in a hotel lobby. In the report, the hotel lobby context is explored to identify user needs and a concept system called CityTIP is developed and evaluated.

Follow this link for the full report.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Online video: Philips haptic emotions jacket

Follow this link for a video about the Philips haptic emotions jacket! The application of an immersive movie experience is shown.