Stadium Project Design History
1. KMi 'Maven of the Month' Internet Talk Radio
Talk-radio style interviews with noted personalities
('maven' = expert or connoisseur), using RealAudio. Questioners filled
in Web forms, and we then phoned them, using a telephone patch panel/balancing
unit to handle the world-wide question queue.
2. Naive Auditorium presentations (slide shows,
tutorials and panel discussions)
These were formal presentations or discussions, accompanied
by high-quality graphics in a custom slide-show viewer which could be
controlled indirectly by the presenter using synchronization cues signalled
in a separate frame to the remote participants. Everyone managed their
own slides and controls!
3. Java Podium 100% Java-based presentations
Similar to (2) above, but streaming audio and remote
control of graphics are all done entirely in Java, enabling precise fine-grained
4. Basic Web-Browser Frame-Based Webcasts
Events based primarily on the audio content delivered
via RealAudio, and occasionally accompanied by static graphics or a simple
HTML slide show. A hidden web frame held the slide number which was pulled
client slide in synch.
5. Advanced Web-Browser Frame-Based Webcasts
As with 4. above these events used a simple HTML slide
show set into frames in a web-browser, but in the more advanced version
we used server side controls (written with perl) to synchronise the clients.
information - this avoided any AV interruption during an intensive slide
6. Java Arena Prototype
This is the original KMi Stadium Java implementation
widely known for the world map, 'choose-your-own-face entrance', 'cartoon
presenter hands' and 'applause/laughter' buttons prototype features.
7. Java Lyceum Prototype
The Stadium Java implementation moved into a multi-party
voice application prototype which has now moved out of the Stadium 'stable'
and has been delivered as a robust product by the Open University Learning
and Teaching Solutions as Lyceum.
8. Basic Shockwave Applet Prototype
This incarnation of KMi Stadium technolgies has been
used in a variety of clients, such as a business application within BP
Amoco. This is the software which was initially licenced by our spin off
company WebSymposia to help
corporate clients to explore their webcast requirements. This work was
showcased on the Macromedia Website.
9. Advanced Shockwave Applet Prototype
This development was used
for events such as the OU virtual degree ceremonies and for NHS Webcasting
Events - using back-end solutions, written in php and coldfusion to handle
timing and slide-pack processing; and with a range of vital administrative
features in the shockwave applets, such as state-information, eg.
"live", "rehearsal", "intermission", and
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