Thanks to Eliane Alhadeff from the Future-making Serious Games blog for bringing Digitell’s VirtualU to my attention. According to Elaine, “VirtualU provides an immersive, interactive, 3-dimensional experience that replicates its real-life counterpart in a realistic online environment. If you are currently running webinars, tele-seminars, or live educational sessions, VirtualU can easily transition your event into Digitell’s virtual platform, allowing you to convey your message in a highly-effective format while increasing your ability to interact with attendees through text chat, voice over IP or integrated social media.”
Elaine suggests this just might represent the future of conferencing. Obviously only time will tell. The issue for me is whether the 3D environment provides a more compelling experience than you can obtain from simple 2D web conferencing. The name ‘Digitell’ isn’t a promising start, suggesting a rather one-way experience, although the product certainly supports a highly interactive format.
Much more info and more pics in Digitell’s Serious Games: The Future Of Conferencing.