Description : This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Second International Conference on Virtual Storytelling, ICVS 2003, held in Toulouse, France in November 2003. The 27 revised full papers presented together with 3 invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected for presentation. The papers are organized in topical sections on real-time technologies, narrativity and authoring, mediation and interface, virtual characters, mixed reality, and applications.
Description : Build Applications, Websites, and Software Solutions that Feel Faster, More Efficient, and More Considerate of Users’ Time! One hidden factor powerfully influences the way users react to your software, hardware, User Interfaces (UI), or web applications: how those systems utilize users’ time. Now, drawing on the nearly 40 years of human computer interaction research–including his own pioneering work–Dr. Steven Seow presents state-of-the-art best practices for reflecting users’ subjective perceptions of time in your applications and hardware. Seow begins by introducing a simple model that explains how users perceive and expend time as they interact with technology. He offers specific guidance and recommendations related to several key aspects of time and timing–including user tolerance, system responsiveness, progress indicators, completion time estimates, and more. Finally, he brings together proven techniques for impacting users’ perception of time drawn from multiple disciplines and industries, ranging from psychology to retail, animal research to entertainment. • Discover how time and timing powerfully impact user perception, emotions, and behavior • Systematically make your applications more considerate of users’ time • Avoid common mistakes that consistently frustrate or infuriate users • Manage user perceptions and tolerance, and build systems that are perceived as faster • Optimize “flow” to make users feel more productive, empowered, and creative • Make reasonable and informed tradeoffs that maximize limited development resources • Learn how to test usability issues related to time–including actual vs. perceived task duration Designing and Engineering Time is for every technology developer, designer, engineer, architect, usability specialist, manager, and marketer. Using its insights and techniques, technical and non-technical professionals can work together to build systems and applications that provide far more value–and create much happier users. Steven C. Seow has a unique combination of experience in both experimental psychology and software usability. He joined Microsoft as a User Researcher after completing his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Brown University with a research focus on human timing and information theory models of human performance. Seow holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and wrote his master’s thesis on distortions in time perception. For more information about Steven Seow and his research, visit his website at www.StevenSeow.com. informit.com/aw
Description : This immensely practical guide to PIV provides a condensed, yet exhaustive guide to most of the information needed for experiments employing the technique. This second edition has updated chapters on the principles and extra information on microscopic, high-speed and three component measurements as well as a description of advanced evaluation techniques. What’s more, the huge increase in the range of possible applications has been taken into account as the chapter describing these applications of the PIV technique has been expanded.
Description : Everything you need to know about developing hardware-accelerated 3D graphics with WebGL! As the newest technology for creating 3D graphics on the web, in both games, applications, and on regular websites, WebGL gives web developers the capability to produce eye-popping graphics. This book teaches you how to use WebGL to create stunning cross-platform apps. The book features several detailed examples that show you how to develop 3D graphics with WebGL, including explanations of code snippets that help you understand the why behind the how. You will also develop a stronger understanding of WebGL development from coverage that: •Provides a comprehensive overview of WebGL and shows how it relates to other graphics-related technologies •Addresses important topics such as the WebGL graphics pipeline, 3D transformations, texturing and lighting •Teaches you how to write vertex shaders and fragment shaders for WebGL •Includes a lot of useful guidelines, tips, and tricks for WebGL performance optimizations Professional WebGL Programming is the first book on the market to delve into this fascinating topic and it puts you on your way to mastering the possibilities that exist with WebGL.