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Java.net: Through the Looking Glass

Nov 15, 2004, 05:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Hiser)

"Having heard a few rumors about Project Looking Glass, I was still unprepared for the difference of this desktop: a translucent 3D space that looked like it had come out of a virtual reality 'playback' experience from Strange Days (Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Tom Sizemore, 1995), an amazing sci-fi thriller that both predates and smokes The Matrix. Looking Glass has been scoffed at as 'eye candy' by technologists, pundits, and users who don't value the emotion of user interface design or the power of word of mouth among the gamer demographic in creating hit software. Looking Glass is dependent upon processor speed and graphics card and system advancements, as well as on the coming of Java 3D. What follows is my interview with Hideya Kawahara, creator of Project Looking Glass..."

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