C. Sven Johnson

When Retail Goes Virtual

by: C. Sven Johnson

I caught a whiff of this piece on the Guardian earlier this month, and having finally read it, all I can say is, thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster someone else is starting to talk about the impact virtual worlds will almost certainly have on real world commerce. Victor Keegan has fired a nice warning flare in his article, “Virtual China looks for real benefits” (Link). From the piece:

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Virtual Goods... the Movie

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Manufacturers in Virtuality

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The Looming Dark Horizon: When the IP Mess Hits Industrial Design & Co.

by: C. Sven Johnson

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my primary interest in tracking the intellectual property issues currently plaguing the music and movie industries, waiting in the ebook wings for book publishers, and even frustrating hordes of bloggers whose content is appropriated and used to create spamblogs, is that at some point their problems become my problems; becomes the problem of anyone who designs and fabricates real products for a living.

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Kinset: “Straight Retailing” 3D VR

 by: C. Sven Johnson

I’ve just given Kinset, a 3D virtual shopping application, (Link) a spin. Before I offer my opinion, let’s start off with what it’s supposed to be. From the website:

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Virtual Earth Building Momentum

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Transreality Interfaces: From Whiteboards to Grey Matter

by: C. Sven Johnson

After I first saw the above video on the The Weekly Squeak blog (Link), I immediately did a search on prices for interactive whiteboards.

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Sustainability Scapegoats: Industrial Designers?

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Frog’s Rolston Gives Industrial Design a Singular Sales Pitch

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Those Tricky Virtual Numbers: Engagement and Investment

by: C. Sven Johnson

There are a couple of interesting items floating around the virtual community.

First up is a report by the Yankee Group I first read about on the Virtual World News blog (Link). From the Yankee Group Press Release:

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