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Communities, a Gem

Here’s something worth visiting. From the “Quick Links” pulldown on the home page, you can find Cisco’s Communities page, which features some of our more prominent online groups and communities. Read More »

Expanding Your Field Of Vision

Pleased to have a guest author this week, Dan Gerson the new content manager for Cisco Live and Networkers Virtual. Dan has been sharing a lot of interesting articles and blogs on augmented reality. After reading some of these I have been totally inspired, the future is now people! Dan was kind enough to provide a write-up on this topic…

Advances in computer and mobile technology have placed vast amounts of information at our finger tips. This knowledge, however, still lives within the confines of our TVs, laptops, and smartphones. New technology known as Augmented Reality aims to bridge the gap between the virtual world and the real world. imageThe concept is not new; Hollywood has depicted versions of augmented reality in many films, including our own Governator, in 1984’s The Terminator. The technology exists as an overlay, injecting relevant data and elements into the real world around us, in real time. If you have watched a football or hockey game in the past few years, chances are you have see elements of augmented reality. The floating yellow first down and the trailing puck are both examples of real-time visual elements displayed over real world images. Augmented Reality Today While the reality of owning a pair of digital glasses or contact lenses might be a few years away, some industries are taking hold of the technology today. Smartphone developers are building applications that will allow an augmented view of the surrounding environment using the built-in camera. These applications, while still in early phases, are showing the possibilities of viewing live data streams in new ways. There is a definite “wow-factor” involved when playing with the technology and it’s no surprise that the advertising industry has taken augmented reality under its wing. Check out this demo for the new movie District 9, in which you print a postcard and place it in front of your computer’s webcam. The action figure springs to life, and you are able to control this hologram-like image using your keyboard and mouse.

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A Better “Boss Button”?

Not that you would ever watch cartoons at work, but I was noticing that has a “boss button” on its site, just like on PC video games. image Read More »

Sharing best practices via pictures

In days of yore, if you visited any design shop, you’d see scores of printouts, sketches, and other design work tacked and taped on walls throughout. In fact, in our design teams at Cisco we still do a lot of this today to inspire each other and share ideas. And, Web design teams use this same technique to capture inspiration that they may have seen on other great Web sites. But what happens when you really want to share an idea, and folks are located around the globe rather than down the hall or in the cube next door? There’s a pretty easy electronic way to do the same thing, and we’ve been using it for a while to share screen shots of inspiring things on the Web. Read More »

Virtual Event Key Learnings – Part Two

A couple of post back I mentioned that the team was currently working post event debriefs and metric analysis for the Cisco Live and Networkers Virtual hybrid event that took place on 30 June and 1 July 2009. We just wrapped the debrief meetings and post event final reporting, yeah! A lot of great findings resulted from these efforts so…I though I would share:

  • The top five key learnings
  • High level reporting for all you data junkies
  • Current enhancements under way for Cisco Live and Networkers Virtual

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