We have just (Jan 15) done a complete revamp of our web site and moved from WordPress to Concrete5. You can find the new web site at http://www.daden.co.uk/conc/. All relevant material has been moved across and the new web site hopefully has a better layout and will let...Read More »
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The December edition of our (ir)regular newsletter is out. It has articles on the TSB Design for Impact award win, the 3D model of comet 67P in our Virtual Campus, our experiences with the MYO...Read More »
We were really pleased to hear that The Open University’s Open Science Lab won the Outstanding ICT Initiative award at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards in London last week. The celebratory photo includes OU’s Virtual Skiddaw team members Prof Shailey Minocha and Brian Richardson. Our Virtual Skiddaw project is...Read More »
To celebrate Philae’s successful landing on Comet 67P as part of the ESA Rosetta mission we’ve imported the ESA 3D model of the comet so that you can go take around around (rather than “on”) it. To access the campus (which loads in your browser) just follow the link to:
We are proud to announce that we have won funding for an innovate new project under the Technology Strategy Board’s “Design for Impact” Competition. Our project, which will be delivered in conjunction with the Open University and DesignThinkers UK, is looking at the feasibility of creating a “Virtual Field Trips...Read More »
The July edition of our (almost) bi-monthly newsletter is out. It has articles on the Daden Virtual Campus, our experiences with the Oculus Rift and Virtual Reality, and the 4E’s of Artificial Intelligence, as well as a round up of other news.
Download your copy now!...Read More »
To showcase some of our capabilities we have set up a virtual campus. This lets you experience an avatar driven immersive environment directly through your web browser, and learn something about Daden and immersive learning whilst you are there. Just follow the link to http://www.daden-cs1.co.uk/demos/dadencampus/DadenCampus.html. Note that...Read More »
Clark Aldrich is a well respected commentator on, and developer of, simulations and serious games. In the December issue of Inside learning Technologies and Skills Clark had an interesting article in which he looked at the development of serious games and simulations over the last few decades...Read More »
A slimmed down version (!) of my Pecha Kucha talk at the Animation and Games Workshop at the University of Bangor yesterday.
Tempted to work up a slightly longer presentation on the same theme. We’ve got an Oculus Rift project running at the moment...Read More »
We’ve just uploaded the presentation version of our Immersive Learning White Paper. It’s any easier read for time pressed colleagues or to share with larger audiences....Read More »
Philip Rosedale, founder and creator of Second Life/Linden Lab gave the keynote at the opening of the Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education conference last night. The event is taking place in Second Life and had about 200 people in attendance from across the globe...Read More »
We wanted to test the improved ability in Datascape to show real-time data and Iain in the office thought of using Leap Motion to generate it. So here’s Datascape displaying the position data of 5 fingers in real-time. Just substitute cars, boats, planes etc for the fingers to get an...Read More »
I presented for an hour last night in Second Life at one of the regular lecture meetings organised by the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable. It was great event and probably one of the smoothest technically I’ve been in in SL for a long time, with over 30 attendees...Read More »
David Wortley, ex head of the Serious Games Institute at Coventry University, has just published an interesting short paper on the use of immersive environments in corporate staff development. We’re particularly pleased that Daden’s work, in particular our original Datascape space, is featured in the paper.
You can read the paper...Read More »
As part of our limbering up with the new Datascape 1.1 we thought we’d bring in some data from the Sochi Winter Olympics. As ever it took about an hour to source and clean the data, and then about 10 minutes to get the visualisation sorted.
Since we work in the world of simulation and game engines it’s useful to know exactly what exactly we mean by a game – especially when so many people talk about serious games and gamification.
The best definition that I have come across is that a game is a task...Read More »
In the last few weeks a number of events and comments have caught my eye that gave me pause to think about what is happening in the Metaverse – that broad space occupied by virtual worlds, immersive environments, social virtual worlds, games and serious games.
First up the Read More »
Every couple of years we update or re-write our main white paper on immersive learning, and the 2014 version has just been released. This latest version looks in more depth at the different ways that immersive environments can be used for learning, and the challenges and choices that need to...Read More »
We are pleased to announce that Daden’s key products are now available on the UK Governments’ GCloud Cloudstore. The CloudStore is the easy way for the whole of the UK public sector to buy cloud computing commodity and support services. It is an online catalogue containing details of...Read More »
One model which we’ve developed over the years for analysing and designing immersive training exercises is a 2×2 feedback matrix. This looks at how and when feedback is provided during an exercise, and gives a useful way of categorising simulations.
The matrix has two axes:
- whether feedback (of any sort) is...Read More »
An immersive three-dimensional (3D) virtual geology field trip around Skiddaw in the Lake District has been developed for The Open University (OU) by immersive visualisations and solutions provider, Daden Limited. The Open University commissioned the virtual field trip as part of The OpenScience Laboratory, an online laboratory for...Read More »
The OpenScience Laboratory (OSL), an online laboratory developed by The Open University, will be attending the Higher Education Expo at London Olympia on 17th October 2013. Since OSL launched in July, the website has had over 115,000 visitors and continues to grow daily. The registration for the event is...Read More »
Last week I attended a “Level 1″ Building Information Modelling Workshop at the new Sustainable Building Futures centre at Coventry University. Having been reading about BIM for a couple of years, and been writing and talking about it even more in the wake of the Library project...Read More »
For those of you who want to see a set of comparison images between the model we built 2 1/2 years ago (and which has been kept current by the Library team using in-world build tools), and the final physical Library building then this is the presentation you need. We’ve...Read More »
A few weeks ago we took delivery of our Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Developers headset. I’ve played with a whole variety of VR headsets over the years (back to the original Virtuality game in Piccadilly Circus), and apart from that first outing have been pretty under-impressed....Read More »
This is a cut down version of our recent Buildingscapes white paper but in presentation format and with a lot more sample images.
Buildings that are nicer to use and cheaper to build are just two of the potential benefits of using immersive environments as part of the design and build process identified in “Immersive Worlds and the Built Environment” – a white paper released today by Daden Limited. The ideas...Read More »
A virtual 3D model of the new £188.8m Library of Birmingham has been helping Library staff for the last 2 1/2 years to plan its look and feel, letting them develop a detailed knowledge of the environment 2 years before they were able to enter the physical build....Read More »
Back in 2011 I took part in a Delphi forecasting exercise on the future of Virtual Worlds at the Open University’s ReLive conference. Two years on I thought it would be interesting to check back to see what progress we have made against the top 2 issues identified for Short...Read More »
The Singularity Third Party Viewer for Second Life/Open Sim has just launched a new feature which allows .obj and Collada export of SL/OS prim objects. A lot of people are using this to reduce land impact – exporting a complex prim object and reimporting as an identical looking but low...Read More »
Daden’s data visualisation tool, Datascape, has been selected as a finalist in the Best VizSim Project category for the 2013 Unity Awards. Awards winners will be officially announced at a ceremony taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Thursday August 29, 2013 during...Read More »
This short video is a public version of a project that we’ve just been doing for a Government client. It...Read More »
There’s an interesting report been published by the London Knowledge Lab at the Institute for Education, University of London on “The Potential to Coordinate Digital Simulations for UK-wide VET (Vocational Education and Training). See http://wp.me/P3EqBU-1y
The report is a response to the Commission on Adult...Read More »
What if you could plan and train in a building before it was even built? Or practice procedures that would be impractical or uneconomica to do in real life?
To accompany our recent white paper on the 4D Digital Smart City we’ve just uploaded a slideshow version:
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This post is verbatim account of Harry’s blog about his time at Daden Limited last week. Please forgive any typos etc!
At the start of the week as was really excited about coming to Daden as I have a real interest in computers. This interest comes from...Read More »
The vision of a 4D Digital City is presented in a free white paper released today. The ideas have evolved as a result of Daden’s experiences in a variety of virtual world and built environment visualisation projects over the last 10 years.
The whitepaper,...Read More »
This morning I was walking through Paradise Forum towards Centenary Sqaure when my eye was caught by the new Library of Birmingham. We built the model of it for the Library staff 2 1/2 years ago, and as they get closer to opening the physical library (in Sept)...Read More »
A free white paper released today sets out views on what 3D Mobile Immersive Learning is, what benefits it might offer you and your learners. Mobile immersive learning is a type mobile eLearning that uses tablet computers and game engine technology to make the user feels that they...Read More »
A nice paper has just been put up on ResearchGate entitled Innovative simulation strategies in education by Michelle Aebersold from Nursing Business and Health Systems, University of Michigan School of Nursing and published through PubMed. To quote the abstract:
“The use of simulation in the undergraduate...Read More »
Last week it was announced that the first online OpenSimulator Community Conference to take place on the OpenSimulator Conference Center grid on September 7 – 8, 2013. The OpenSimulator Community Conference will be a celebration of the platform and of the large and varied community using and...Read More »
Earlier this week an intrepid team from Daden, Open University and Trent & Peak Photography headed up to Skiddaw in the Lake District for a couple of days of data capture at the next 5 sites which will form part of the Virtual Geology Unity3D app we are...Read More »
Over the last few months we’ve been helping out on the AHRC funded Transforming Thresholds project. The aims of the project are to:
- find out about and improve visitors’ experiences of museum foyers
- learn about best practice in foyer design from retail, performing arts, gaming, e-learning and public sector...Read More »
Unity3D have launched a new mini-site for Serious Games and Simulations – “A new home of Unity for serious games. Development and design studios, multinational corporations and government organizations all use the Unity game development engine. They are creating successful and award-winning 3D content for military simulation, medical...Read More »
We have reached a new milestone on SlideShare, with our documents having been viewed over 10,000 times.
Presentations ranging from Introductions to our different products and virtual worlds to collaborating with universities, with our Introduction to Datascape and Introduction to Chatbots proving to...Read More »
There was an interesting post of the Brandon Hall Blog this week about a quick poll they did during a recent webinar on what learning managers saw as being their focus for 2012. To quote the blog:
“In the “New Year, New Directions: 2013 Predictions for Learning and Business”...Read More »
There’s a nice article on Info4Security by Peter Houlis of 2020Vision about using the military C4i (Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence) model within the civil security domain.
There are two particular bits that caught my eye:
- “The principles can be adopted by any business enterprise to develop integrated systems which...Read More »
Case Study from The University of Warwick on their experiences of using Datascape:
“We have used Datascape to visualise hundreds of short regions of non-protein-coding DNA sequences which are evolutionarily conserved across distant plant species.
The sequences contain short sequence patterns (called “motifs”) and...Read More »
May your days be merry and bright!
Daden’s Data Visualisation tool, Datascape has been included in the Unity Serious Games Highlight Reel at I/ITSEC 2012.
Unity is used to create a lot of interactive software outside of the video game industry. Everything from architectural visualizations to military...Read More »
A basic “time-tunnel” of firewall data – time into screen and layers of sub-nets up the screen
In 2009 the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS – www.nsa.gov) ran the annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX – http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/press_room/2009/cyber_defense_trophy.shtml). This annual event, sponsored by...Read More »
Today we launched Securescape, the second product resulting from our collaboration with BAE System’s through their Investment in Innovation programme. And whereas Datascape was a bit more left field, Securescape is aimed fairly and squarely...Read More »
Birmingham UK, 27th November 2012: An innovative new way of managing live security incidents and better understanding the context of what is happening, is now possible with the launch of Securescape – a multi-user 3D security application created by immersive environments specialists Daden Limited.
Securescape models key...Read More »
On 29 Nov 1700 GMT we’re doing another one of the Grondstedt Group’s Train for Success presentations in Second Life. We’re demonstrating Datascape, so we’ve just had to do a test to make sure that we could display Datascape inside SL – and through the wonders...Read More »
Most of the tutorials we’ve done so far have been about single datasets, so we thought it would be interesting to show what can be done with multiple datasets in Datascape. We’re getting ready for a SmartCity event in December, so that’s given us a useful focus, but discussions in...Read More »
Way back in around 2007 one of our “signature” works in Second Life was an immersive visualisation of air traffic around Los Angeles airport. We picked up the KMZ feed from http://flightwise.com/ (then fboweb) intended to display the aircraft on Google Earth and instead displayed it as an immersive display...Read More »
Just posted the latest video tutorial for Datascape:
This covers the advanced mode of the Force Graph controller, filtering the graph and some more sophisticated graph examples....Read More »
30 October 2012: The results of a Data Visualisation and Visual Analytics Survey have been released by Daden Limited (Daden). Daden created this survey as part of the development of their new ground-breaking data visualisation tool, Datascape. The aim was to understand what applications analysts were already using, what...Read More »
When we first started Datascape we looked at WebGL but decided that the power just wasn’t there at the moment to deliver the amount of data visualisation we wanted – and also of course most corporates don’t have WebGL capable browsers. However we still kept WebGL on our product plan,...Read More »
This tutorial shows you how to load network graph data into Datascape, use the mapping functions to control its appearance, and the force graph function to improve its layout.Read More »
This tutorial video for Datascape shows you how to use maps, plot geo-coded data onto the map, and then use the third dimension to plot time data. The example used is GPS data collected from a smartphone app, but would be applied to any...Read More »
We have a new Immersive Visual Analytics whitepaper available to download from our website.
This white paper reflects on our experiences of data visualisation, following a journey from 2D and 2.5D visualisations to fully immersive 3D visual analytics. It builds not only the anecdotal experiences of ourselves...Read More »
Whilst presenting at the recent GfK NOP Technology Scouting event in Berlin I met and listened to Nathalie Nahai, The Web Psychologist, give a fascinating talk about cultural awareness in business, and in particular about Professor Geert Hofstede and his Dimensions of National Culture.
This scores...Read More »
This competition is now closed.
Birmingham UK, 2nd October 2012: A competition for the best immersive 3D visualisation, using their ground-breaking application Datascape, has been launched by Daden Limited (Daden).
Datascape provides an immersive environment in which users can explore and interact with data from almost...Read More »
Just upload my slides from last weeks City Security and Resilience Network conference in London.
With the launch last week of Datascape I thought it would be worth putting an MD’s perspective on the product – how we got here, what the philosophy is that lies behind it, and where we hope to go with it. For a more formal view of the...Read More »
Birmingham UK, 20th September 2012: Analysts now have the ability to explore and make sense of their data in 3D with the launch of Datascape – a 3D data visualisation application – by immersive environments specialists Daden Limited.
Data visualisation is a powerful method for analysing and...Read More »
Our intern Dan’s second blog post on using Datascape:-
I imported a file of 62,000 x,y pairs (both ranging from -124->124). This allowed me to use the built in SQL functions to calculate z values and hence plot a surface.
I started simple and plotted a...Read More »
Eighteen months ago I posted here about a data visualisation we did in OpenSim with the 2000 closest stars to Earth, taking us out to 20 parsecs.
Now we’ve just tried the same thing with Datascape, but now with 10,000 stars out to 55 parsecs (and we’ve had...Read More »
Our intern Dan has been with us at Daden for the last couple of weeks, with his sole focus being on working with our soon to be launched new #Datascape – see one some of his results below:-
I plotted 56,000 points of data streamed from Twitter...Read More »
Our friends and colleagues over at the Immersive Intelligence blog have just put together a video showcasing several immersive data visualisation apps, including a sneak-peak of our forthcoming Datascape product. We ran a joint workshop with Richard Hackathorne from Im-Tel at the US Government’s Federal Virtual Worlds...Read More »
Birmingham UK, 8th August 2012: A survey to find out what functionality users want in a visual analytics system has been launched by immersive data visualisation specialists Daden Limited (Daden).
This survey asks what the current “state of the market” is in terms...Read More »
Birmingham UK, 25th July 2012: Daden has been selected to attend the British Business Embassy ICT global sector day during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. They are the only West Midlands company to be successful in their bid to exhibit on the 3rd August in one...Read More »
This post is verbatim account of Rhiannon’s blog about her time at Daden Limited. Please forgive any typos etc!
On Monday the 16th of July, I came to Daden full of nerves and excitement with absolutely no idea what I would be doing. Luckily, the team...Read More »
I’ve been meaning to share these short videos I created using an earlier version of of our immersive visual anaytics tool Datascape.
The first two visualisation shows a network of experimentally verified protein-protein interactions in plants. There are 675 proteins and 2323 interactions shown. The proteins are sized by age, so the...Read More »
Over the first two days of the Farnborough Air show about 9,000 geo-tagged tweets were captured in the vicinity of Farnborough and displayed on a live map of the region using Datascape, our immersive visual...Read More »
Roughly two weeks ago, on July 2nd, Pip and Zoe entered Birmingham Science Park Aston and arrived at Daden for work experience. Neither of us arrived with an idea of what we...Read More »
Birmingham UK, 11th July 2012: Within weeks of being commissioned by City Academy Norwich (CAN), immersive solution specialists Daden have designed and delivered a new 3D virtual teaching environment for City Academy Norwich. The environment consists of a 1:1 model of the new City Academy building, and four satellite islands (or...Read More »
Educators and trainers can now create engaging immersive learning exercises more easily and rapidly using an innovative web-based application called OOPAL (Object Orientated Practice and Learning).Read More »
I’ve just got to the end of Ernest Cline’s great near future SF romp Ready Player One. Set in a near future where people escape poverty, but also receive a superior education by escaping in the next-generation Second Life type virtual...Read More »
Outside of sporting events and royal weddings, Eurovision is an international live event that has people talking and discussing its merits and who votes for who. And like marmite you either love it or hate it but you can’t ignore it.
For people who follow my twitter...Read More »
Just a little something we did one day. The sim is at about 1:8 scale so covers 2km x 2km. The Apache interior is a HUD. No physics, just flying the “copter” with a 3D mouse, you could have great fun practicing...Read More »
Using data from the 2009 VAST Challenge of a problem in Embassy security this video shows how an immersive visualisation can be rapidly created to view physical and cyber security data such as door swipes and IP transactions. There are about 125,000 log entries...Read More »
Had fun over the last few weeks putting together a demo showing how immersive environments can be used to support planning and training for emergency services. The shot above shows a couple of policemen and emergency vehicles outside a shopping centre – our scenario was focussed...Read More »
On Monday 14th November, Prime Minister David Cameron, was accompanied by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, to visit the Birmingham Science Park Aston (BSPA). During his visit David Burden (Daden’s MD) & Soulla Stylianou (Marketing Director) gave both Prime Ministers a live demonstration of the Virtual Library...Read More »
A short presentation I gave today at the Immersion 2011 event and building on...Read More »
One of the things we’ve been looking at is creating a motivation engine for our in-world bots based around Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Seeing as someone posted about this recently in Robitron we thought it might be an idea to share an early version of that we’ve done....Read More »
We’ve finally decided to get a public sim on OSGrid in order to better showcase some of the work we are doing on OpenSim. We have our own internal OpenSim network (nicknamed DadenWorld), as well as individual developer worlds, but to make things more publicly available we decided...Read More »
Independent analyst firm CCM predicts that “virtual agent implementations will be an industry standard in 3 to 5 years, a critical component in customer services and even the main point of contact in 2014″.
The study, conducted in Q1 2011, surveyed 57 global leaders on their plans...Read More »
A chatbot or virtual receptionist is a computer-controlled application that has the ability of answering questions about your company, products and services immediately.
User: what are...Read More »
We’ve been making good progress over the last month, and our toolset around data plotting in immersive spaces is taking shape. What has emerged are four main plot types, and supporting tools, all just importing data from CSV files to a standard format:
One thing we’ve found hard over the last few months is to get people in the architecture/building sector to understand how what we do with the built environment (e.g. with the Birmingham Library project) is different to what they do. For architects in particular it appears...Read More »
PIVOTE Chapter in Multi-User Virtual Environments for the Classroom: Practical Approaches to Teaching in Virtual Worlds
Looks like the IGI book ” Multi-User Virtual Environments for the Classroom: Practical Approaches to Teaching in Virtual Worlds” that we wrote a PIVOTE chapter for is out. The chapter explores the background to authoring learning systems in virtual worlds, why we developed PIVOTE, the PIVOTE architecture and...Read More »
Having got point plotting sorted out we needed to move on to line plotting. I’ve always thought about doing this in SL, but the thought of all the maths and trig and THEN having to break a line segment into 10m lengths was just too much....Read More »
Finally completed my Empress Marava Far Trader build in OpenSim. The Far Trader is one of the work-horses of the Traveller role-playing game.
The really neat thing is not so much the spacecraft (which I could go on detailing for ages) but what can happen outside it. Since Opensim...Read More »
We started this work before the Japanese Tsunami, but all the coverage really brings it home, and our work on a related project on disaster shelter management in the US.
One step up from the AstroCube we have on Daden Prime in Second Life, we now have a whole sim running locally in OpenSim dedicated to stellar data. We are bringing data in through LibOMV so we are plotting anywhere on the sim at around 10...Read More »
They say it’s not the winning that counts but the taking part. Watson managed to do both — but perhaps the winning actually counted for less. All the indications are that Watson’s win was as much about his – or its — speed on the buzzer as for...Read More »
Last Thursday we had the great pleasure in helping the US-based Gronstedt Group organise their weekly “Train for Success” event at the University of Leicester’s (UoL) virtual genetics lab – a collaboration between the Departments of Genetics and the Beyond Distance Research Alliance. The Train...Read More »
One of our ongoing interests (helped along by a current research contract) is in how we use virtual worlds as immersive data visualisation spaces. You may be familiar with our Datascape virtual war-room, but our current focus is on plotting large amounts of data over...Read More »
Two weeks and two trips to London Olympia, leaving the office behind to unleash my wrath of learning and technology experience upon the world!
Last week I attended the Learning and Skills / Learning technologies show in Olympia, jam packed with over 40 international speakers...Read More »
Having got Google Warehouse to SL working I noticed that lots of the simpler buildings in the Warehouse were made with Google’s Building Maker. This is a neat little app which lets you lay out 3D polygons over multiple perspective views of...Read More »
BETT – iPads, 3D TV’s, Games but where’s the learning?!
Last week was the hugely anticipate BETT 2011 (British Education Technology Trade-show). BETT is the largest education technology trade show run yearly in the UK, giving Teachers, Students and Education professionals the opportunity to browse the latest...Read More »
Ever since I bought my first bit of land in Second Life I’ve been interested in how we bring Google Earth into Second Life. My first attempts were static images and small single prim models of Birmingham landmarks, and a 3D globe with RSS data (Read More »
We already knew that Pooky Amsterdam was one of the best SL machinima makers out there (she did the video for a recent client project), but she’s surpassed herself with Episode 2 of the Time Travelers web series she’s making. The male facial close-ups...Read More »
So it looks like its farewell to Blue Mars then. Even though it is “refocussing on mobile” and still making its servers available to existing PC users and clients I doubt that we’ll see much else happening on the platform, and it looks like the days...Read More »
Daden have created a short video showing some of the work they’ve been doing over the last couple of days. The video is about creating an immersive visualisation around the IEEE Vast Challenge 2009 data, with the focus on problems around the security of an embassy.
We have created a survey to find out what functionality users want to see when they interact with a virtual agent – or chatbot.
Soulla Stylianou, Daden’s Marketing Director said, ” We have clients who use our chatbots to provide customer support on websites, in virtual worlds and...Read More »
The results of an Authoring Tools for Immersive Training survey have been released by Daden Limited (Daden). The survey indicated that educators want to be able to easily create 3D training exercises themselves without needing the help of technologists nor expert knowledge of how to build the “sets”...Read More »
New jobs have been created in the Midlands by Daden as a result of recent investment in the company. The team has successfully recruited another three people bringing the compliment of staff to eight – a fourfold increase in the company’s size over the last two years.