Friday, September 30, 2011

New benchmark report compares 33 virtual environments

You might be surprised to learn that there are 33 virtual environments out there. The fact that there are shows this is a vibrant and competitive market, with technologies that can have many possible use cases.

But how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Well one researcher who's done that is Sami Ahma-aho from the Business, Innovation, Technology (BIT) Research Centre at Aalto University in Finland.

He's part of the research team for the Professional Collaboration and Productivity in Virtual Worlds (ProViWo) project. The ProViWo team is studying how virtual worlds can be used for professional collaboration, and if virtual worlds can enhance productivity in globally distributed teams. You might recall we interviewed his colleague, Petra Bosch-Sijtsema, twice last year about it.

ProViWo has since been moving along. Sami led the latest phase where the team looked at 33 virtual environments that, according to the researchers, can be used in professional contexts. Since Sami's in Finland, we took a new route to interview him using Skype. Hit play to hear about what the researchers have found.

Sami and his team have published their findings in a benchmark report, "Benchmark of 3D virtual environments." ProtoSphere was one of the environments the researchers studied, and cited it as a technology that can be used for small collaborative events and large events. I encourage you to read the full report online for your own market understanding, and see what you think of the technologies featured and the researchers' conclusions.

Thanks again to Sami for taking our interview, and his entire team for the insightful work they've been contributing to the industry. Readers, we'll continue to keep you updated on their progress!

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