Wednesday, December 13, 2006

IBM Creates 3DWeb Group

Via 3pointD, CNET is reporting that IBM will create a group in January to handle 3DWeb initiatives. Not really a surprise considering the 3D Web initiative was one of the announced $100M innovation projects for 2007.

From CNET:

"Irving Wladawsky-Berger, vice president of technical strategy and innovation at IBM, led the company's response to earlier technologies that rewrote the rules of the computing industry, such as e-commerce and Linux.

"I have been playing a strong role in helping us start our 3D Internet and virtual-world efforts. We are launching a new EBO in this area in January--that is, an emerging business opportunity--much like we did with Linux and the grid," Wladawsky-Berger said Tuesday. IBM believes the virtual realm has potential for training, conferences and commerce, he said.

IBM employees have a significant presence in Second Life, Wladawsky-Berger said. "I think that there are close to 1,000 people in our Second Life community now active, and perhaps several thousand more that have avatars that are not that active," he said."

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