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Actress Ellen Page goes home page

Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (from Juno, Whip It, and of course X-Men: The Last Stand) adorns our home page today, which links to a really cute video of her interacting with her home town doctor via Cisco TelePresence.

Ellen Page on home page


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Cisco TelePresence for Design Collaboration

Last year, I blogged about some projects we’ve done using Cisco TelePresence for usability testing and customer interviews.  We have also begun using Cisco TelePresence quite a bit for collaborative design.

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Virtual Worlds is now Virtual Environments

So you may have noticed a name change for this blog has taken place. Wondering why? Well the main driver is that virtual worlds does not really cover all of the topics being discussed in this blog. This blog started out mainly focusing on virtual world activity but has grown in scope since its launch in 2007. We have posts on virtual web based environments (mostly as relates to events), augmented reality, gaming, and of course virtual worlds so it seemed only fitting to change the name to more accurately reflect the content being shared.

The growth of the topics covered via this blog became very clear when I went to create this round up of articles on all things virtual. The articles included cover:

  • augmented reality systems to make driving safer (including a video demonstration)
  • the potential impact on carbon emmisions via the use of virtual meetings and events
  • online gaming to reward kids for practicing positive social behaviours
  • the trend towards virtual hyrbid event as an extension of a physical event

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30 Rock Preview: Really funny vignette with Cisco TelePresence

NBC’s 30 Rock is one of my favorite shows. And I’ll be tuning in for sure this Thursday evening (9:30 EST / 8:30 CST / 9:30 PST) to catch a really funny bit where Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) encounters bed bugs, a Cisco TelePresence system and the GE board of Directors.

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Why easy web sites are so hard (video)

This past week, Web usability expert Gerry McGovern spent a couple of days with us here at Cisco. We’re always working on improving areas of our Web, and Gerry has been helping us on some detailed research on customers’ and partners’ most important online tasks and experiences.

If you read Gerry’s online newsletters you know one of Gerry’s oft repeated mantras is that good content, well named links, and site simplicity are paramount. The bigger the site, the more important these things are.

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