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Scientists, lawyers mull effects of home robots

[From Associated Press)]

Scientists, lawyers mull effects of home robots

BROOKE DONALD
Published: December 5, 2009

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) – Eric Horvitz illustrates the potential dilemmas of living with robots by telling the story of how he once got stuck in an elevator at Stanford Hospital with a droid the size of a washing machine.

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Virtual solution to driving phobias

[From AlphaGalileo (“Europe’s leading source of research news”)]

News Release

Virtual solution to driving phobias

19 October 2009 The University of Manchester

Nervous drivers are being helped to overcome their road phobias by donning Cyclops-style goggles that transport them to a three-dimensional virtual world.

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Call: Immersive Education 2010 Boston Summit

Immersive Education Initiative announces IMMERSIVE EDUCATION 2010 BOSTON SUMMIT

World’s leading experts in virtual worlds, learning games and educational simulations convene April 23-25 in Boston for special three-day conference open to the global education community

BOSTON, MA – December 2, 2009 – The Immersive Education Initiative today announced that early registration for the 2010 Boston Summit is now open. Boston College will host the Immersive Education 2010 Boston Summit from April 23-25 through special arrangement with the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College. Organized specifically for educators, researchers, and administrators, the three-day conference consists of presentations, panel discussions, break-out sessions and workshops that provide attendees with an in-depth overview of immersive learning platforms and technologies.

The Summit will feature new and emerging virtual worlds, learning games, educational simulations, mixed/augmented reality, and related teaching tools, techniques, technologies, standards and best practices. The Education Grid, Project Wonderland, Second Life, realXtend, Cobalt, and Open Simulator are among the immersive learning technologies that will be featured. Members of the Initiative’s open file format, library, psychology, mixed reality, and K-12 (kindergarten through high school) groups will give special presentations and workshops. Read more on Call: Immersive Education 2010 Boston Summit…

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Study of avatar effects on users in video games, virtual worlds

[From the web site of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin]

Avatars Can Surreptitiously and Negatively Affect User in Video Games, Virtual Worlds, Research Shows

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UAB virtual enterprise turns 3-D simulations into teaching, rehabilitation tools

[From The Birmingham (Alabama) News]

UAB virtual enterprise turns 3-D simulations into teaching, rehabilitation tools

By Anna Velasco — The Birmingham News
November 30, 2009, 11:50AM

Virtual reality has gotten a lot more real.

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Virtual BBQ restaurant Air Yakiniku

[From the New York Times blog The Moment; a 2:12 minute video is available here]

Food

July 20, 2009, 2:12 pm

Now Online | Air Yakiniku, Food for Thought

By ROCKY CASALE

When the virtual restaurant Air Yakiniku appeared online last January, it became both an instant success in Japan (where else?) and one of the more curious signs of these globally lean times. The “restaurant,” a Korean barbecue, works like this: once you´re on the site, you´re given an apron to print out and wear to keep “grease” from splattering on your computer. I´m not joking. Then you´re asked to choose from slices of pork, chicken or beef, which a hand splays out on a full-screen sizzling BBQ spit.  Visitors are encouraged to have (real) bowls of rice and dipping sauce on hand as they watch and listen to their beef crackle and char. A bell softly dings when the meat is cooked, a hand with chopsticks appears, and it´s time to … um … eat. Read more on Virtual BBQ restaurant Air Yakiniku…

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Comcast Center HD Video Wall gets a dose of 3D for the holidays

[From Engadget HD; the web story includes photos and video; a story about last year’s display follows below]

Comcast Center HD Video Wall gets a dose of 3D for the holidays

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A long-distance robot relationship

[From The MIT Technology Review Editors blog]

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Long-Distance Robot Relationship

Telepresence robots could soon be available for remote workers.

By Kristina Grifantini

Last week, as I tapped a laptop keyboard in Massachusetts, a humanoid robot whirled around a lab in California. I tapped more slowly and the robot turned until I saw Trevor Blackwell, CEO and founder of telepresence company Anybots, which manufactures the robot, in the laptop window.

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