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Setting Viewability of Information in a Virtual World

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118562D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, SD: AUTHOR

Abstract

The virtual environment will become a powerful metaphor for the future, possibly replacing the desktop, but it will need to support the kinds of activities currently used for the desktop. Some of the most common tasks for which people use their computers today have to do with information analysis, exchange, and communication.

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Setting Viewability of Information in a Virtual World

      The virtual environment will become a powerful metaphor for the
future, possibly replacing the desktop, but it will need to support
the kinds of activities currently used for the desktop.  Some of the
most common tasks for which people use their computers today have to
do with information analysis, exchange, and communication.

      The solution describes an intuitive user interface mechanism to
facilitate the viewability of traditional two-dimensional, or
text-based information, in a three-dimensional virtual world by using
levels of transparency and enabling the user to set private versus
public viewing in a shared virtual world.

      To avoid the obscuration of the background environmental
information completely, the text information should be displayed
transparently.  With the levels of transparency configurable, the
user can choose how much of the background action is obscured.  They
may be able to see almost clearly through the document.  This would
be real time activity shown through the traditionally static display
of information.  Additionally, the user can set the display
capabilities of the document so that a colleague can either see it as
well or not at all.  The document can be set to be read only or with
collaborative settings.  This would enable realtime collaboration on
information in a virtual world.  For examples, co-authors editing a
technical report could see real time edi...