David Collins

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A Social Metaphor-based Virtual Communities (voiceAvatar)

The design goal of this project was to develop avatars and virtual communities where the participants sense a tele-presence – that they are really there in the virtual space with other people. This collective sense of “being-there” does not happen over the phone or with teleconferencing; it is a new and emerging phenomenon, unique to 3D virtual communities.


A Social Metaphor-based 3D Virtual Environment
Conference Proceedings: ACM SIGGRAPH 2003 Educators Program, July 27 - 31 2003
2 pages

S. DiPaola, D. Collins

San Diego, California


A 3D Virtual Environment for Social Telepresence
Conference Proceedings: Western Computer Graphics Symposium, 2002
7 pages

S. DiPaola, D. Collins