I'm Dr Bruce Damer and this website is now an archive dedicated to my past projects. Where possible, they are presented here in their entirety.
DigitalSpace was an international corporation with a leading practice in virtual worlds for industrial design engineering, education and public outreach. Established in 1995, DigitalSpace produced some of the first Internet-based 3D "avatar" applications including virtual events and tradeshows, learning spaces for K-12 and college, corporate information sharing spaces, and virtual worlds for artists.
The DigiBarn Computer Museum seeks to capture personal stories and track technological evolution through a large collection of vintage computer systems, manuals, videos, interviews, and other fossil relics of the "Cambrian explosion" of personal computing that ignited in 1975.
Avatars! Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet
This book provides a guided tour of avatars--graphical representations (a smiley face, cartoon character, or even a photograph of yourself) of online chat participants that are set in a virtual space against landscapes ranging from the real to the surreal.
Converse in your own voice with other people in a 3D online "avatar" world. Talk in your own voice to other people represented as fantastic lip-synching avatars. Travel through breathtaking 3D worlds and experience life as an avatar . Traveler brings you the future face of cyberspace!
A virtual world web plugin enabling you to drive your own Spirit or Opportunity rover on Mars. This DigitalSpace application was launched with NASA support at the time of the landing of the two rovers in 2004. The Atmosphere plugin was powered by Adobe Atmosphere (and is no longer supported).
Virtual Worlds Timeline
A personal project site by Dr. Bruce Damer chronicling the history of the emergence of multi-user "avatar" virtual worlds on the Internet, used the Dipity timeline technology (now discontinued).
A Special Interest Group of the Contact Consortium devoted to the use of avatar virtual worlds for learning. The project was led by Margaret Corbit, Bonnie DeVarco and others and featured a number of online cyber-conferences using 3D platforms.
A celebration of the life and thought of Terence McKenna brought to life by Dr. Bruce Damer, Lorenzo Hagerty, Dennis McKenna and others in the year 2012. Several events were featured including a two day gathering in Sierra Madre, California, the Esalen Institute in California and at Burning Man. Ken Adams' film "the Terence McKenna Experience" debuted at these events.
The personal double deck-and-a-half hippie artist schoolbus studio of Dr. Bruce Damer at Ancient Oaks Farm. The bus was named in honor of Ken Kesey's bus "Furthur" which helped launch the psychedelic 60s. NoFurther is a 1960 International Harvester conversion with a 1939 school bus shell on top, giving it 9 foot ceilings and two lofts. It is one of the only examples of a "bus-on-bus" custom bus.
Darwin@Home was a project in 2009-11 to promote distributed computing for emergence and origin of life chemistry. While SETI@Home was looking for signs of an extraterrestrial signal from the cosmos, Darwin@Home would distribute computing volumes of chemical "primordial soups" in search of the signals of complexification that indicate structures and functions on the way to life. This work was realized in its first instance in Dr. Bruce Damer's PhD thesis and its associated project The Evolution Grid (EvoGrid) completed in 2011. A grid simulation was run first in the DigiBarn Computer Museum and then moved to CalIT2 at UC San Diego for a successful completion in May 2011. His thesis was successfully defended in July 2011.
A project undertaken by Stuart Gold of DigitalSpace around 2000-2001 to implement one of the first SOAP interfaces to the World Wide Web providing real time support for virtual communities. Long before Facebook, MeetingPage pioneered the use of in-web entries of users and their current state enabling interacting with others and shared web browsing. A central frame could provide shared pages such that a plug-in such as Adobe Atmosphere or a java-based 2D or 3D chat interface could be logged into by live users on the left tab. A patent was filed on this technology but later abandoned.