Is Web 3.0 here? If not, what will it look like, when it will arrive? Professor Sorin A. Matei, Purdue University, predicts in the following pencast that the next wave of Internet technologies will be spatially and temporally anchored, will foster ubiquitous collaboration, and dynamic feedback interfaces will help groups be more cohesive and its members more in control of their environments. Dr. Matei proposes three sets of research question and three web services that illustrate these strategic development and research directions.
details at http://matei.org/ithink
What is a pencast?
The Pulse (Livescribe) pen records your notes both as text (scan) and voice (lecture, talk, book on tape, etc., any sound at the time of your note taking). The notes (voice and scans) are stored during note taking on the pen itself. After you are done, you can connect the pen to your computer and upload the content (voice synchronized with the handwritten notes) either to your local machine or to the web. Once on the web, your notes become a “pencast”. The image of your notes is projected on the screen in gray. Upon pressing “Play” the voice recording starts rolling and the handwritten notes take a green hue, indicating at what point in the narration has the note been made. The written notes can be used as s navigation tool. You click at any point in the notes and the recording jump to that point. This is what I call “random access”. In addition, if your penmanship is decent, your notes will be digitized (words will be recognized not just as pictures, but also as ascii characters), meaning that you can search them using a search engine.This is ideal not just for note taking, but also for research (focus groups, interviews, etc).