Altadyn CEO Talks About 3D Virtual Events

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Virtual Worlds Person Of The Year Award, 2011

I would like to dedicate my Person Of The Year 2011 Award by the Association of Virtual Worlds to:

  • All the Altadyn team members and especially to my partner Guillaume, without whom our technology would not be the one we have today and to Jeff who submitted my nomination for this award,
  • All our customers who are key contributors to our success especially to Tom from Old Dominion University,  John and Kara from APTIMA Inc,  Bernard from Tennaxia, Lionel from Walraven Law Firm and Laurent from Framlink who took the time to comment their vote,
  • Our shareholders without whom our business could not be developed the way it is today,
  • and to all my friends and my family for their continued and life-time support.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Edita Kaye, the founder of the Association of Virtual Worlds, for running the largest, the most popular and the most successful association in our industry.

Thank you!

Darius Lahoutifard

Darius Lahoutifard
CEO
Altadyn Corp.

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The Whole Web Has Become Social, How About Your Own Website?

The Whole Web Has Become Social

How About Your Own Website?

Are the logos of Facebook and Twitter (and more recently Google’s +1 button) familiar to you as seen on almost any home page? How about links to the blog? Or other community and social initiatives? Everybody wants their company or website to be “social” these days.

social media goes 3d

But adding a Facebook button on your homepage will not make your web strategy more social. It shows you understand the need for creating a community with a rich level of engagement and interaction with your customers and partners, but have you been able to truly measure the results?

What if your visitors could actually engage and communicate with you ON your own website? What if instead of sending your traffic to Facebook, you actually took your own visitors to the next level of interaction? or to the next step in your sales process?

This is exactly what you can do with an Avatar-based 3D website. You transform anonymous visitors into qualified prospects.

Meet in 3D

Don’t let your web visitors walk away from your website. Engage with them in 3D to do more business. Let them walk into your virtual office to instantly engage so you can communicate with your website visitors. Within a fully customized 3D Online virtual space with avatars the immersive experience provides a humanized and entertaining first impression that will improve communication channels and increase conversion rates. A link to the 3D space is placed directly on your website and is accessible to all your visitors and is a great way to establish real relationships with your customers!

3DXplorer Meet-in-3D Features include:

  • Access to your 3D Virtual Lobby right from your home page
  • Bell emails can be turned on to alert your reps when a visitor walks into your site
  • Interact with your visitors and talk to them live in an immersive space (VoIP).
  • Instant messaging function allows site reps to chat with visitors instantly
  • Your space is customized using your logo and other graphic assets
  • Video links and embedded slide shows can be displayed on wall-mounted screens
  • Embed hyperlinks, taking visitors to purchase pages, contact pages, etc.
  • Scalable architecture enables interconnected spaces without limits
  • Free personalized avatars for all your visitors
  • Analyze statistics and see your space daily traffic
  • No software to install, multi-platform, multi-browser, all hosted by Altadyn, included.

Avatars are not just for Hollywood any more! Until June 24, 2011, subscribers to one year 3DXplorer/Meet-in-3D and get free customization. (total costs $990 instead of $1990). That’s 50% off. So hurry up. Stand out of the crowd and go 3D.

See the promotional offer here: http://www.3dxplorer.com/product_comparison_pricing.html

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FCVW CONFERENCE 2011 – GOVERNMENT POSTER SESSION on 3DXplorer

Hybrid Conference (multi platform) and Poster Session (exclusively on 3DXplorer) .
May 12 & May 13, 2011

Virtual Events are free of charge. Please register here.

Presenting FCVW Conference 2011, Dr. Paulette Robinson, PhD, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning &Technology at the National Defense University, iCollege wrote: “Federal Consortium for Virtual World Conference (FCVW): Headed for the Future at the National Defense University in Washington DC, May 12-13 with a great lineup of pre-conference workshops, May 11. We have four incredible keynotes and a wonderful lineup of panels on the program. The government poster sessions are even better than last year (if that is possible). In addition, the vendor fair will offer some interesting surprises this year…”

More information about FCVW conference.

Program details here.

ENTER THE EXPO HALL – GOVERNMENT POSTER SESSION

Government Poster Session - FCVW 2011 Virtual - 3DXplorer

Government Poster Session - FCVW 2011 Virtual - 3DXplorer

Please make sure you have an updated java installation. Mac’s are OK too. If needed, install the latest java from http://www.java.com .
Chat is activated in both halls.
Audio is activated in both halls but talking is disabled in the conference room: In the exhibit hall, for quality audio, please make sure you have a headset with a microphone if you need to talk and engage conversations with other attendees. If no microphone, then chat is the preferred way for networking.

If needed, a 2 minute Quick Guide Video is available here : “How to attend a Virtual conference in 3DXplorer”

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ENTER THE CONFERENCE ROOM

FCVW 2011 Virtual Conference on 3DXplore - National Defense University

Enjoy your 3D experience.

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How Did 2010 Turn Out For The 3D Internet Market and For ALTADYN / 3DXplorer?

Virtual Worlds, web 3D, “Live 3D collaboration” or “Full 3D Virtual Events” represent different angles of vision for the same group of 3D immersive Internet technologies. As 2010 was clearly the year of emergence of 3D for consumers, I would like to discuss the evolution of this part of 3D internet technologies.

During 2010, AVATAR, the movie , 3D TV screens in the shops, controller-free gaming consoles such as Wii and Kinect, and glasses-free 3D TV, all played a key role to massively introduce 3D environments to all generations and not just to the younger generations , as games did in the past 15 years. This created a new dynamic wave for the 3D Internet in general.

As a testimony to this new 3D wave, Altadyn, now in its ninth year of business, accelerated its growth in 2010, with over 117% revenue increase compared to 2009  :

ALTADYN 3DXplorer revenue 2010

ALTADYN revenue growth 2009 - 2011

In the past 25 years in the 3D technologies and businesses, we have seen years which left their marks more than other years. For instance;

  • 1982 was the year of foundation of Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, Adobe and Autodesk, as well as the year TRON was released by Disney,
  • 1987 was the year when 3D design and modeling applications became affordable to most 3D animators and engineers when  Sun introduced the first non proprietary OS on affordable workstations ,  and 1988 when PTC introduced the first parametric modeling technology ,
  • 1995 when Hollywood started using the first realistic special effects in its productions or just the use of full 3D productions such as Toy Story by Pixar.
  • 2010 was the year of Emergence of accessible virtual 3D environments for all, including consumers.

This general trend of emerging accessible 3D virtual environments strongly impacted technology providers, especially those offering 3D immersive software. Let’s have a look at a few lessons learned in 2010:

1) “Virtual Worlds , a la Second Life” are not meant to be for business, but for entertainment.

The Virtual Worlds market leader, Linden Lab, severely downsized it’s team, during 2010, stopped the Enterprise or B-to-B  Business, and focused on its core business which is entertainment and gaming. The company even hired a new CEO with a clear gaming background. Forterra Inc., a pioneer in this space went out of business, as well as it’s “half sister” company THERE, a leading virtual world. We learned that a virtual world needs to have a purpose. If it’s for entertainment, then it needs to follow the rules of a game business model and the consequences. If it is for business, it has to follow business requirements, be enterprise-friendly, available in SaaS mode (hosted, on-demand), compliant with corporate firewalls, with no software download, etc…

2) Virtual Events are taking off but customers need more engaging Virtual Events.

Within 2010, the tough economy and budgetary restrictions, corporations and event firms produced even more events virtually than in the past, using mostly non 3D web-ex type technologies or pseudo-3D applications, while starting to use full 3D immersive platforms as well. Although some cost reduction goals were fully achieved, they didn’t meet their goals in terms of direct customer interaction, lead generation, new business relationships (see the TSNN report, tables 9 and 10).  In another study, ROI of engagement, it apparent that customers need more engaging virtual events which facilitate networking and encourage active participation.

3) Perpetual Virtual Events or Permanent 3D Websites are needed more

Those clients, who experienced virtual events, notice that it’s much easier to setup a virtual event than a real event, and the cost of maintaining a virtual event space is a fraction of the cost of building it. Consequently, they are interested in more frequent virtual events  or even perpetual  trade-shows or show rooms where visitors can interact with company’s representatives, at any time. That’s the reason why 3DXplorer’s Meet-in-3D service is becoming more and more popular. This service saw a fast growth in 2010 and the trend for 2011 is continued. As a reminder, 3DXplorer/Meet-in-3D enables the transformation of anonymous visitors of a website into real prospects.

4) Other 3D Immersive  Applications are emerging, or continue their development

Among other applications of 3D internet which gained a lot of customer attentions, we noticed:

  • Replicating strategic corporate facilities and enabling accessible virtual visits
  • Simulation and training
  • eLearning and virtual classrooms
  • On-boarding and other HR applications
  • Virtual Showrooms and Art galleries

The trend in 2011 is in the continuity of 2010, with the market getting shaped in a more determined manner as per the above orientations, and we all look forward to it.

Darius Lahoutifard
CEO

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quidexpat.com Likes Meeting Website Visitors Live !

QuidExpat.com is a leading website where the French-speaking population around the world finds useful information on expatriation.

The website features a network of French-speaking professionals whose mission is to respond quickly and efficiently to questions of many individuals and businesses in different categories, such as expatriation, real estate, legal, employment, health, technology, etc …, over the phone. The provided services have been focused on the USA, so far. Other countries are about to be added.

Since a few weeks, their home page has a new amazing feature: an awesome 3D space to meet and greet visitors.

 

quidexpat 3D space built with 3DXplorer

quidexpat 3D space built with 3DXplorer

Commenting on their use of 3DXplorer, Biba Pedron and Laurent Millour, co-founders of QuidExpat.com said:

“The 3DXplorer room is a great asset to our company. After seeing the whole potential of this new technology during the demo, we decided to acquire our own space to greet our visitors, show our customers the full extent of our services, and organize seminars on different topics related to expatriation.

Here are the reasons why we like our 3D room:

• It allows us to interact with customers all around the world in real time
• It sets us apart from the competition
• It gives us the opportunity to organize virtual seminars with attendees from all over the world
• It creates a buzz in the French-speaking community since QuidExpat is the pioneer in using this technology ”

Biba Pedron and Laurent Millour who successfully ran their first seminar, are now looking forward to even broader use of their 3D space: “No doubt that our 3D room will bring a lot of interest to our company, improve our customer service, and will make it easier to convey our message and services to our customers”.

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3DXplorer at the University of Washington

University of Washington is one of the most active universities in the field of Virtual Worlds and one of the rare ones delivering a certificate in Virtual Worlds, under Randy Hinrichs’ leadership.

Like last year, 3DXplorer is one of the few platforms being studied during this course, in 2010. Last week, I was pleased to speak to this group of very motivated and skillful students, and share with them some elements of our vision, at Altadyn. The evolution of the 3D and especially the web 3D technologies in the past 20 years, different generations of web3D, the corporation requirements for live collaboration technologies based on virtual worlds , other market requirements , as well as the future trends, were among the subjects we covered.


The above are pictures of last week’s virtual classroom in one of the 3DXplorer conference rooms.

I enjoyed the event and look forward to seeing all the 2010 students playing an active role in this market soon, if not already.

Darius Lahoutifard

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