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Dr. Brian Burton Named Global Thought Leader & Influencer on Emerging Technology

Posted by Dr. Burton on May 11, 2020 in Technology, VR, WebVR |

Recently Dr. Burton received a surprise award from Thinkers360.com as a global thought leader and influencer in the field of emerging technology.

He was very surprised to awaken and find the message in his inbox that he was ranked #4th globally by Thinkers360.

How did Dr. Burton gain this distinction?
“This didn’t happen overnight,” said Brian. “I have been working with technology since my sophomore year of high school. I went beyond what was offered at my high school, and with the help of my grandmother, sought whatever training was available. In the mid-1980s that was going to computer shops (ComputerLand at that time), and taking classes in the evening.
Instead of a first car, I got my first computer. A TRS 80 Model I.”

Since that time, Dr. Burton has continued to push the boundaries, always looking for emerging technology and how it can be used to make the world a better place.

“In the late 1990s, I was finishing my master’s in education. My awesome wife Rosemary, developed an online school with me. She developed the framework and HTML pages, I developed the backend programming and database to track the students progress. We even had a major publishing company want to partner with us!”

Dr. Burton’s passion is to use technology to help people to learn. “My dissertation was on using a game environment for learning. I wanted to see if the principals of learning held true for an online immersive environment. About that time smart phones became available. Everyone on my campus was focused on using existing software for learning. That seemed backwards to me. So I offered a class on how to make apps for the iPhone. I was 3 weeks behind Stanford, so they got all the press. And they should, they did a great job with the class! We also received a lot of attention.”

Now Dr. Burton is busy investigating how VR can be used for learning. “We are seeing an even better response due to the immersiveness of the environments. But the development curve is slowing us down,” said Dr. Burton.

Dr. Brian Burton is available for speaking and training. See the Speaking page for details.

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Goodbye Corona SDK, Hello Solar2D

Posted by Dr. Burton on April 29, 2020 in Corona, Solar2D |

If you haven’t been following the news about Corona SDK, the tl;dr is that Corona SDK is shifting to open source and is (wisely) changing its name to Solar 2D. Having been a part of the former Corona SDK community for over 10 years, We are fully supportive and excited about this shift. IMHO, the […]

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Corona SDK Is Now Open Source!

Posted by Dr. Burton on March 24, 2020 in Tutorials |

You might have heard that Corona SDK is shifting to open-source software. We are very excited about this development and will be continuing to support Corona for the foreseeable future. There will be an update to our Corona books after the shift to open-source is completed to discuss the new methods of installation and building […]

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How to Add Audio to a Babylon.JS Scene – Tutorial

Posted by Dr. Burton on January 18, 2019 in Babylon.js, Game Development, Java Tutorials, Tutorials, VR, WebVR |

This is the 3rd tutorial in our Bablylon.JS series. In the first two, we created a scene, added the WebVR capability, added a skybox, and finally the ground. But what is an environment without music and sound effects?To begin, here is our javascript from the first two tutorials: According to the documentation, the expected file […]

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How to Change the Skybox and Ground settings in Babylon.JS – Tutorial

Posted by Dr. Burton on January 5, 2019 in Babylon.js, Java Tutorials, VR, WebVR |

In our last tutorial on Babylon.JS, we loaded a 3D model into a basic environment. But we had a problem with the skybox and ground settings (you can see the results here). Here was the final code from last time: Let’s get those environment options adjusted so that they are not so distracting. All of […]

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