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Summary

A collaboration between Bowling Green State University and Case Western Reserve University, "Pocket Virtual Worlds" is an immersive photographic virtual reality space which is explored on a handheld or mobile phone with kinesthetic interactivity.

The goal is to enable classroom-bound students to take “virtual field trips” and explore locations such as a medieval ruin or the Amazon rainforest. Since the program can use digitally-created images as well as photographs, students could also theoretically explore outer space, inner-space, or locations in history.

"Pocket Mobile Gaming" takes "Pocket Virtual Worlds" to the next level and adds single and muti- user gameplay to the photographic virtual world.

Demonstration

Interactive Flash Demonstration

News Items

Brainiacs Show Kenny Brilliant Things 04/2007

Computer program lets viewer walk around site, see it change 07/2007

BGSU ‘virtual worlds' devotees headed to Europe
07/2007

New era of virtual reality: BGSU team develops technology for up close view of far away lands 07/2007

Connections And Milestones: CWRU Faculty Dance Concert
11/2007

MDC: A Choreographic Virtual Panoramic Tour of a Treasured Dance Building 12/2007

The Horizon Report: 2008 01/2008

Contacts

Jared Bendis
Creative Director of New Media
The Freedman Center
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University
jared.bendis (at) case.edu

Dr. Larry Hatch
Professor
Department of Visual Communication
and Technology Education
College of Technology
Bowling Green State University
lhatch (at) bgsu.edu

Project Milestones

QuickTime VR on Handhelds
The 2nd annual No Strings Attached Conference
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

04/2003

Five Minutes of Fame:
VR Panoramas and Objects on Handhelds
The New Media Consortium Summer Conference
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia

06/2003

Bendis & Hatch Brainstorm Grand Vision
NMC Directors Meeting
Austin, Texas

02/2004

Poster & Demonstration: Pocket Virtual Worlds
The New Media Consortium Summer Conference
The University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

06/2005

Educator QuickTake: Pocket Virtual Worlds
ACM SIGGRAPH 2005
Los Angeles, California

08/2005

Mobile Gaming and Pocket Virtual Worlds
The New Media Consortium Summer Conference
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

06/2006

Poster & Demonstration:
Pocket Virtual Worlds: Remembering the Alamo
Research ShowCASE
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

04/2006

Five Minutes of Fame:
Pocket Virtual Worlds: Remembering the Alamo
The New Media Consortium Summer Conference
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana

06/2007

MDC Dance
Dance Concert
Mather Dance Studio
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

11/2007& 02/2008