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Over the Sun Launches iConji Artist Community
ICONJI VOCABULARY OPENS TO THE WORLD
LOVELAND, COLORADO, 20 October 2010 — Over the Sun LLC, the developer of iConji, is proud to launch the Artist Community Program, an open platform for the creation and contribution of original characters to the global iConji vocabulary.
iConji is a fun way to communicate with friends across town or around the world using a vocabulary of pictographs whose meanings are translated into several languages.
"iConji was developed as an open platform for communication that invites creative contribution from its users, both in the unique ways iConji is used, and in the expansion of its vocabulary. The vocabulary is designed to grow, and to change in the same way a language does over time. What's unique about iConji is that anyone may contribute by creating their own, original iConji character," states Kai Staats, Chief Inventor of iConji and Principal at Over the Sun, LLC.
Each iConji character carries the author's name, country of origin, date of creation, and a brief story written by the author describing how they were inspired to create the character.
Staats concludes, "We welcome original characters that add new words to the iConji vocabulary, and alternative characters for existing words. We recognize there are many ways to express meaning in visual form. Through iConji, the unique foundations of a given culture may be expressed in a way that words alone do not convey."
Becoming an iConji artist is simple, using one of the iConji character templates and step-by-step guide. New characters are reviewed by the iConji staff, and if accepted, made available to the international iConji community. Using the iConji Explorer, character Artists can track the use of their characters world-wide.
Dan Heim, Maintainer of the iConji Vocabulary states, "We have put in place a system for the organization and evolution of the iConji vocabulary from its original 1200 character base to many thousands of characters. This next phase of iConji development is, in my estimate, the most exciting part, for it invokes the artist in us all."
The iConji vocabulary is currently translated into English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Polish, and Swahili, with Thai and Esperanto in progress.
iConji is immediately available as an application for the Apple iPhone, Facebook, and as a stand-alone web application. The new iConji Social application, with immediate support for Twitter and future support for email and Facebook Walls, will be made available soon.
To learn more about iConji visit www.iconji.com/about/
To start using iConji www.iconji.com/apps/
To become an iConji Artist www.iconji.com/community/artist/
About Over the Sun, LLC
Over the Sun is an innovations company exploring product development opportunities in diverse markets, including social networking and mobile, personal computing, and educational robotics.
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