Well it seems that making a virtual appearance at a user event is the cool thing to do this year, where as last year it was decidedly passe.Â At least according to Dassault Systems CEO Bernard Charles at last year’s
Bernard Charles comes on stage. The CEO of Dassault announces he is real, not an avatar. He’s been with the company since 1983.
This was a side jab at the virtual appearance of Tony Affuso at last year’s Siemens PLM Software user event, where Tony appeared in a taped video address that ended with a virtual Tony introducing the launch of our presence in Second Life, Siemens Innovation Connection.Â Well what was real last year is virtual this year, as I just read
that Bernard couldn’t make it so he had Bernard 2.0 kickoff this year’s COE:
He had a sidekick, a digital avatar cheekily dubbed BC 2.0 (Bernard Charles 2.0). In the prerecorded clip, the real Charles and his digital counterpart proceeded to have a conversation.
Bernard 2.0 was created in TVNIMA (or something close to that thatÂ is equally un-spellable andÂ un-pronounceable) which is Dassault’s proprietary platform for creating 3D animations and avatars, which isn’t compatible with Second Life or any of the other virtual world platforms that I am aware of.Â Which is really too bad, because it means that we will never get to see a Tony v. Bernard cage match video game.