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Mindfrog.net, Mindfrog.com and
mindfrog.org are sites dedicated to informing the public about the
work being done by the Mindfrog team at California State University
at Hayward's Multimedia Graduate Program.
At its core,
the Mindfrog Group is developing telepresence technology through
digital means. Telepresence is the ability to experience someone
else's environment as if you were that other person. As stated we
will achieve this state of telepresence through the unique combination
and customization of several technologies: stereoscopic video, binaural
audio, the Internet, and unique interactivity.
The basic concept
of our work assumes that there are 3 people engaged via a telepresence.
1 person (the recorder) records his experience, the other 2 people
(the viewers) indulge in that experience. The 3 people interact
via realtime audio as the Internet serves as the medium for their
shared visual1, auditory2
new technologies and customizing existing hardware and software,
Mindfrog is well on its way to creating a new existence on the Internet.
Digital Telepresence will become a reality of the future and Mindfrog
is laying the ground work today.
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By using traditional stereoscopic photography processes and customizing
them for realtime, digital, video transmition via the Internet,
Mindfrog can emmerse any user in the realistic duplication of a
To add to the realism, Mindfrog adds the sensory benefits of binaural
audio which mimics precise locations of sound sources so that the
"viewers" experience sounds as if they were the "recorder"...
as if the "viewer" was, "really there."
In addition to the binaural audio being sent by the "recorder"
to the "viewers". "Viewers" can interact with
themselves or the "recorder" through a full duplex realtime
audio connection. (Full duplex meaning simply that listening and
talking can happen at the same time). By having all three people
interact simultaneously and associating that conversation through
a shared visual and auditory experience, Mindfrog will tap into
several states of self awareness from individual to group, conscious
to unconscious, single personality to multiple personality.
To stay abreast of the exploding bandwidth market, Mindfrog is modeling
the internet of the future through the use of current wireless LAN
technologies. By using wireless LAN to mimic the "everyday"
wireless Internet bandwidth of tomorrow, Mindfrog can develop solutions
today that will have future application. The longterm vision is
that the Internet will allow a global community of wireless people
to exchange their experiences in realtime. Until that vision is
a reality, Mindfrog will be limited to a local area of experiences
defined by the scope of the wireless LAN.