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IDI was incorporated in Maryland in 1986. It is a closely held, private corporation.
Since 1984, IDI has been
designing, producing, and using voice-activated interactive video
simulations for experiential learning. The founders of IDI were associated
with the National Library of Medicine, which supported the early research
and development of the model and multimedia authoring tool, now known as
Conversim®, to produce Virtual Conversations®
programs. The founders of IDI further developed the model and, in 1991,
were awarded U.S. Patent No. 5,006,987 to protect this unique method of
dialogue with a virtual human subject. Subsequently, IDI developed a
dynamic, intelligent prompting system to help users conduct a focused and
informative dialogue with Virtual Conversations®
characters. In 1997, U.S. Patent No. 5,730,603 was awarded to protect the
IDI prompting method.
personnel profile consists of educational
theorists who design the interactive experiences; production
specialists who, with our full production studio, produce the video
scenarios; and artistic and technical personnel who, with the
Conversim® multimedia authoring tool, create the dialogue programs. Systems
analysts provide maintenance and continued development of the
Currently, IDI research and
development activities are funded by grants from NIH and contracts from
the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the Department of
Defense. Numerous Virtual Conversations® programs embodying
educational solutions to medical, military, and social problems are
currently being marketed.
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