July 9-11, 1999, Alexis Park Resort, audience 400-500 people,
Now since I wear (or, in the more existential sense, ``am'') an embodiment of my Wearable Wireless Webcam apparatus, one of the Web pages I show to the audience is my ``Put yourself in my shoes and see the world from my perspective'' page. I found that what for me seemed quite typical, was shocking, or at least surprising to the audience, especially during question and answer period when I would walk around in the audience, and talk to people one--on--one, transmitting our conversation to the projection television screen at the front.
However, perhaps the most useful outcome was of course the fact that I could hold onto a small notepad, and look at the notepad, and of course the whole audience could see the notepad as well. Often during presentations, I would pace around the room, and walk out into the audience, and even sit down in a chair, as if I were a member of the audience, while giving the Keynote Address at a major conference or symposium.
Thus after a while, I began to wonder why I was actually physically present at the conference site, particularly when the number of invitations to give talks was growing. For a while, I was giving approximately three Keynote Addresses a month, and this was indeed far too much needless travel. Thus I came up with the idea that I'd do exactly the same thing as I had always done, with one minute difference: I wasn't there.
Instead only my connection was there --- not my face, my avatar, or any other aspect of me, except for the existential aspect of facilitation by which the audience could vicariously be me: being me rather than seeing me.
I called this style of lecture a ``Vicarious Soliloquy''. It's not really a soliloquy, in the sense that it's not really an audience watching, from an external viewpoint, me give a talk to myself, but, rather the audience is vicariously experiencing me give the talk to myself.
Perhaps it's incorrect to say ``I was invited to give the Keynote Address at DEFCON~7''. Instead, it would be more correct to say that ``The audience of DEFCON~7 was invited to my Keynote Address'', or maybe ``The audience of DEFCON~7 was invited to be my soliloquy'' (as opposed to watching my soliloquy, as might be the case in traditional cinematography in which the audience experiences a second or third person viewpoint).
This excerpt from my reality stream depicts how the audience was, in effect,
able to be me, rather than see me,
in the sense that a first--person perspective was offered by the
apparatus of the invention serving as the existential document camera:
Downsampled frames taken from a Vicarios Soliloquy motion picture sequence. Vicarious Soliloquy is a new cinematographic genre characterized by a true first--person perspective. Rather than see me, I give the audience the opportunity to ``be me''. The existential aspect of the apparatus of the invention puts the audience, in effect, inside my head to share a first person perspective. I presented the Keynote Address of DEFCON~7 as a lecture to myself, which I gave while walking around, while writing on a notepad. The apparatus of my invention causes the eye itself to, in effect, function much like a document camera.
This capability adds a new dimension to videoconferencing.
In addition to writing on the notepad, I also looked at
(and therefore showed the audience) as well as annotated
copies of some of the historial pictures of the apparatus of my invention:
Looking at copies of a picture of an historic WearComp apparatus, the audience also sees this same video from my right eye. Annotating copies of the picture, I present a lecture to myself that others experience vicariously.
One computer goes to the big screen projector and runs a Web broswer that's pointed to my right eye (e.g. visits my EyeTap site). A second computer runs sfspeaker (SpeakFreely) and is connected to the PA system, and is responsive to the microphone array of my apparatus. A third computer runs sfmike and is set up so that I can hear the audience, their reactions to my lecture, and such. The third system sends the sound back to me, so that I can get audience feedback without acoustic feedback (e.g. I can hear the audience without getting the screech or squealing sound of positive feedback run amok).
It's actually quite simple, for anyone with a reasonable degree of UNIX competence, to facilitate such a talk and connection to my apparatus.