By Bob Brewin 10/16/2009
The Army has developed a range of online resources to support the families of soldiers, especially deployed troops, but these can take hours of Web searches to locate and organize. Jaque Davison, a retired Army helicopter pilot who has nearly three decades of experience in the construction of 3-D objects and virtual worlds, believes he has found a better way to manage and present that information. Davison, who runs a one-man virtual world development operation out of his home in Springfield, Va., thinks the best way to organize and present information is through visual 3-D cues, rather than static Web text searches. So, he recently launched the Army Family Support Center in ActiveWorlds, an online virtual world. Davison selected one of the most familiar visual cues in the world — the simple sign — to provide links to online information. When visitors enter the virtual Army Family Support Center, they find themselves standing inside a circle of signs, each linked to Web sites and resources.