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  • Programs and Web pages that were never designed to be shared are now symmetrically shared by all users in the work space: anyone can type or push a button, and all user’s immediately see the results at the same time. This includes standard office apps never designed for cloud computing, or proprietary apps that only one of the users has on their computer.
  • User can share multiple apps at once, side-by-side or in any spontaneous arbitrary arrangement they want.
  • Users can see any combination of apps and the people who are using them. The users are shown as people, or as live video heads, or as abstract users, and all are color coded to see who is doing what.
  • Each user hears high quality 3D audio from each user in the group. Unless a meeting leader specifically controls audio, any set of multiple users can speak at any time.
  • Live streaming Webcam or pre-recorded video can be added by any user, and seen as instant video on demand.
  • App sharing, media, text, voice, and video chat can be between any combination of users.
  • Any file can be dragged and dropped into the system for shared storage (office docs, images, movies, .zip files). These are automatically organized by the users based on context, and can use external file sharing systems such as SharePoint.
  • Every single resource can be tagged with extra annotation as sticky notes seen by everyone.
  • All interaction is in a high-res, realtime 3D environment: e.g., virtual conference room, virtual library, virtual campus…
  • 3D models — such as store and site layouts, buildings and products under discussion, etc. — can be dragged in from other systems, or built collaboratively in-world, and then experienced directly by the users. For example, architects with customers around the world have client meetings within the buildings being designed.
  • All media, applications, and annotation are arrangeable in realtime as drag-to-position WYSIWYG. This is not just a wiki, or even a 3d wiki, but a 3d wiki that is shared in realtime by all users and builders.
  • Any view of everything that happens — all user’s audio, media, apps, etc. — can be recorded as more video-on-demand, or streamed live as a “window on the world” to any Web browser without our software.
  • Much of the in-world activity is user-programmable in Python to create specialized work flows and data integration with other systems.
  • All of this magic works between users among mixed sets of computers, operating systems, networks, firewalls and proxies around the world, and even on 3D displays.
  • Web pages, mail, calendars, and any other app that handles URLs can link directly at any location or resource. Following the link brings the user right to that resource in-world.
  • Outside the virtual world, conventional Web pages and news feeds are automatically generated for in-world places, content and activity, linking back in-world. Users and external systems can search and retrieve content, upload new content, and find out who is doing what.
  • All of this activity is secure — including voice and video, import and export of documents, and even the Web and news feed interfaces.


This could all be running on tablets by year end.

How do I know? Because it already works today on just about every Windows or Mac desktop or laptop today, in Teleplace.

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About Stearns

Howard Stearns works at High Fidelity, Inc., creating the metaverse. Mr. Stearns has a quarter century experience in systems engineering, applications consulting, and management of advanced software technologies. He was the technical lead of University of Wisconsin's Croquet project, an ambitious project convened by computing pioneer Alan Kay to transform collaboration through 3D graphics and real-time, persistent shared spaces. The CAD integration products Mr. Stearns created for expert system pioneer ICAD set the market standard through IPO and acquisition by Oracle. The embedded systems he wrote helped transform the industrial diamond market. In the early 2000s, Mr. Stearns was named Technology Strategist for Curl, the only startup founded by WWW pioneer Tim Berners-Lee. An expert on programming languages and operating systems, Mr. Stearns created the Eclipse commercial Common Lisp programming implementation. Mr. Stearns has two degrees from M.I.T., and has directed family businesses in early childhood education and publishing.

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