Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hands-free control of Second Life

Cool video, though this interaction style still seems a bit awkward. I think the more interesting idea is the capture of gestures, which would be great for speaking to a group via an avatar, for example.

video here...

Monday, April 14, 2008

NetBeans 6.0.1 running like a pig...here's how I fixed it

Netbeans 6.0.1 was running like a pig on my ThinkPad T60p. I did a bit of poking around, and found this set of config changes quite helpful, so I'll pass them along:

This is in my netbeans.conf, which should be under Program Files/NetBeans 6.0.1/etc on Windows. The critical change was the memory config:
netbeans_default_options="-J-Dcom.sun.aas.installRoot=\"C:\Program Files\glassfish-v2ur1\" -J-client -J-Xss2m -J-Xms32m -J-XX:PermSize=32m -J-XX:MaxPermSize=200m -J-Xverify:none -J-Dapple.laf.useScreenMenuBar=true"

Now NetBeans is running quite well. I'm hacking some Sun code samples to get data from the accelerometer to build a prototype air mouse. This isn't a standard mouse, but rather a way for multiple users to manipulate visualizations in the Social Computing Room. For grins, here's a shot of the space...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Note to Self

I knew this, forget where I wrote it down, so I'll memorialize it here. I need to add some files to a SunSPOT project (in this case a desktop client), but couldn't remember the property in the ANT script to point to additional classpath entries...viola!


Of course, now I'll forget that I stuck it in my blog. I'm looking at using the spots to create a multi-user input interface to a 360 degree visualization environment (our Social Computing Room), at least as a proof-of-concept.