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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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Call: Chapters for Multiple Sensorial Media Advances and Applications

CALL FOR CHAPTERS
Proposals Submission Deadline: 12/20/2009

Multiple Sensorial Media Advances and Applications:
New Developments in MulSeMedia
A book edited by Dr. George Ghinea (Brunel University), Dr. Frederic Andres (CVCE/NII), and Dr.
Stephen Gulliver (University of Reading)

Introduction

Traditionally, multimedia applications have primarily engaged two of the human senses – the audio and the visual – out of the five possible. With recent advances in computational technology, it is now possible to talk of applications that engage the other three senses, as well: tactile, olfaction, and gustatory. This integration leads to a paradigm shift away from the old multimedia towards the newmulsemedia – multiple sensorial media.

Recommended Topics

Mulsemedia brings with itself new and exciting challenges and opportunities in research, industry, commerce, and academia. This book solicits chapters dealing with mulsemedia in all of these areas. Read more on Call: Chapters for Multiple Sensorial Media Advances and Applications…

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Cyberpets: All creatures great and virtual

[From the UK’s Independent]

Cyberpets: All creatures great and virtual

They’re cleaner, tamer and more obedient than real animals – and the newest cyber-pets are more ‘life-like’ than ever, says Toby Green

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Second Life steps into the enterprise

[From InformationWeek]

Second Life Steps Into The Enterprise

Companies can now run their own, private version of the virtual world in their data centers, for added security and control.

By Mitch Wagner
InformationWeek
November 4, 2009 10:10 AM

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Birthing mannequins help students prepare

[From The Orlando Sentinel via PostStar.com]

Birthing mannequins help students prepare

By Fernando Quintero The Orlando Sentinel | Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. — The group of University of Central Florida nursing students stood at a laboring mother’s bedside, their eyes glued to laptop screens that monitored both her and her baby’s heartbeats.

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AR now and in the future

[From The Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal]

Columnists

Duff: Augmented Reality may be next big thing, but it’s still science fiction

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Friday, November 13, 2009
Story last updated at 11/13/2009

Today’s buzzword is Augmented Reality.

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