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The TelePresence is strong with this one

(Image from Bernard Leong)

I’ve experienced Cisco’s TelePresence technology and I must say, it’s pretty amazing.

I met up with bloggers Daniel Cerventus and James Yeang to test the TelePresence 3000, recently. It was all pretty informal, which is good; no major PR fuss, no jostling for front row seats or fighting over swag. They showed us to a room, sat us down and bang, we were looking across a table at people in Singapore just like they were sitting right in front of us.

The folks in Singapore were, in fact, sitting in a room much like ours. It was tastefully lit, had three 65-inch screens and chairs and a table.

But as we introduced ourselves and got to know a little about them, it felt more like our two rooms were magically linked together, rather than just a bunch of people talking to each other like they weren’t thousands of miles apart.

If you’re used to Skype or MSN video calls, just imagine what it would be like to be talking to someone far away yet be completely free of lags, audio clipping or just about any other annoyance that comes with modern video-conferencing. It’s not that I’m being paid to say this, but TelePresence is just that good. I’d love to have a look at their usability case studies because it’s wonderful how they made it so easy to use.

Of course, we ended up chatting long past our time limit, but hey, it’s not every day you get to experience a bit of science fiction come to life, right?

While the cost and practical use may deter private ownership, I’d definitely recommend this sort of tech to companies as a way of improving communication between offices and cutting down travel costs. You’d probably end up saving a hell of a lot more with one of these babies in your HQ, where you can dial in and ‘meet up’ with your counterparts practically every day, instead of wasting money flying people all over the place for short business trips, all year round.

You can find out more about what Cisco does on their blog.

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Kancil Awards 2008 – Change the Game

It’s amazing how much the industry has changed over the period of a year.

Why, just look at the new Kancil Awards website. It’s so much better than that piece of crap they did last year. Honestly, guys, well done! And welcome to the World Wide Web.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to this year’s festival. There’s some really good speakers including CP + B’s Alex Burnard and of course, Iain Tate from Poke London. And, fingers-crossed, there should be even better interactive work this time around.

I really hope I can make it for the talks. And if I win anything again, well, that would be nice, too.

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Console Games I Need to Play

Sporadic play on the Xbox360 in the office is just not cutting it, anymore.

I need to get my own console, damn it.

And I will play these games until my thumbs are sore, my throat runs dry and the (wireless) controller feels like putty in my hands:

Afro Samurai

Samuel L. Jackson‘s voice in a game. Do I really need any other incentive to play this?

Gears of War 2

I’ve been waiting for this sequel as much as the next 11 year-old on Xbox LIVE. I’m a huge fan of third-person perspective shooters. And blowing shit up on screen.

Killzone 2

It was fun on PS2. I’m betting it will be even more fun on PS3.

Soulcalibur IV

Who really doesn’t want to play as Darth Vader?

Halo Wars

The folks at Ensemble, the developers of Halo Wars, pretty much summed it up for me:

Warthogs are cool. Scorpions are cool. Controlling lots of Warthogs and Scorpions and sending them into battle is really, really cool.

It’s a perfect match: Halo and real-time strategy.

What else is there?

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50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

You know you’ve been spending too much time at work when you starting missing news like Fiddy’s latest video game, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand.

According to the official spiel, players will be able to “play as one of the world’s biggest hip-hop stars in an all out battle to protect 50 Cent’s assets and to collect payment from a crooked overlord.”

Check out some screens or read the full preview at Gamespot.

Man, imagine taking out hoods with Lloyd Banks on co-op.

Scratch that; did you know people will soon be able to play chess with RZA at Wuchess?

Imagine beating Fiddy at his own game!

Sorry. Pardon the pun.

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BBC Homepage Beta

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I discovered the new BBC homepage, thanks to a visit to Iremonger’s Digital Spaghetti.

The new BBC site is currently undergoing beta-testing, but it has a host of great new design elements that you can check out, in the meantime.

The most outstanding feature of the site is the content customization. You can choose content that you want see by ticking on categories that interest you.

Pick ‘Sports’ and you can choose to view only your favorite sport! You won’t have to browse through sections like ‘Athletics’ and ‘Golf’ if you don’t want to. You can streamline your content even further by selecting only the regions of the world that you want to get news from. Save your settings and that’s all you’re ever going to get till kingdom come.

Sweet, huh?

You can also switch between UK and International versions of the site, reset your Homepage to default and minimize sections of the page for your own convenience.

On top of that, they’ve also simplified the Search Bar to 3 topics for quick searches while having a directory of tags and an A-Z search index.

When it goes live, it just might be the most user-friendly site on the whole freaking Internets.

To understand why the BBC made these changes, you can read up on their web accessibility policy and look at some user case studies.

Also, have a look at the current BBC site to spot the not-so-subtle differences in design.

And don’t compare it to RTM. =P

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