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Research Suggests Students Learn More When Working Together in Virtual Reality Games -- Campus Technology

Research Suggests Students Learn More When Working Together in Virtual Reality Games -- Campus Technology | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
With the help of a virtual reality game their professor created, some students at Cornell University have gathered evidence that interacting with other people in a game-playing atmosphere may help them learn more.
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Why women leave tech: It's the culture, not because 'math is hard'

Why women leave tech: It's the culture, not because 'math is hard' | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Stories from 716 women who left tech show that the industry’s culture is the primary culprit, not any issues related to science education.
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How New Technology is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma

How New Technology is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
With the VR rig on, I see the workers on the platform crashing toward the floor. I hear the sizzle of electricity that awaits them if they hit the floor. I feel the pressure of the clock. But when I reach out to push the avatar, my hands find a warm human back. In a visceral variation of the trolley problem, Ivan Wang, the soft-spoken, polite student dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, is standing—in the flesh—exactly where I see the avatar.
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Could virtual reality make my life better?

Could virtual reality make my life better? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
As we stand on the verge of consumer VR, will virtual reality lead us to become a more disconnected society or actually improve our lives?
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New VR app is an immersive (and terrifying) simulation of what it’s like to be autistic - 3D VR Central - Virtual Reality News

New VR app is an immersive (and terrifying) simulation of what it’s like to be autistic - 3D VR Central - Virtual Reality News | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The sights and sounds of everyday life have become background noise to most of us; for someone with autism, it can be quite terrifying. Through the power of virtual reality, the National Autism Society wants to give each of us a passing glimpse into what life is like for someone on the autism spectrum. The …
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Google imagines a VR future full of googly-eyed avatars

Google imagines a VR future full of googly-eyed avatars | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
As Google develops its VR platform, Daydream, the company is sharing clips of its virtual reality concepts and prototypes. The latest tackle the problem of how to represent users in a virtual space, with Google's engineers settling on a simple solution: googly eyes.
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The problem with this is that they're missing out on one of the most important features of virtual reality's potential for the human side of our natures. They're missing the Avatar Effect. How we present ourselves, as an avatar, often helps us to recognize our strengths and to heal the parts in us that might feel broken. This is no small matter. Ask those who are using the technology in the treatment of PTSD and obesity.
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Cadillac Bets on Virtual Dealerships

Cadillac Bets on Virtual Dealerships | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
A plan is being hatched to convert a portion of Cadillac’s 925 stores into virtual dealerships that will be low on overhead and big on sophisticated technology.
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Bored with study? The new wave of edubots will find a way to spark your interest

Bored with study? The new wave of edubots will find a way to spark your interest | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Online learning programs are coming which will pique your interest when you start looking bored.
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Virtual reality app offers unique glimpse into life with dementia

Virtual reality app offers unique glimpse into life with dementia | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
An innovative virtual reality smartphone app – "A Walk Through Dementia" – will launch at a three-day public installation at St Pancras International Station from 2 June.
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Remember Second Life? Its Fans Hope to Bring VR Back to the Classroom

Remember Second Life? Its Fans Hope to Bring VR Back to the Classroom | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Evolving virtual-reality technology holds great promise for higher education, reports A.J. Kelton, director of emerging and instructional technology at Montclair State University.
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HoloLens: Microsoft Expanded Their Virtual Reality Platform By Working With Other Tech Companies

HoloLens: Microsoft Expanded Their Virtual Reality Platform By Working With Other Tech Companies | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Microsoft teamed up with other tech giants to come up with an flexible software that is compatible with most devices.
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Collaboration over competition...one step at a time.
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Virtual reality: could it revolutionise higher education?

Virtual reality: could it revolutionise higher education? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
With truly immersive headsets now on the market, academics are beginning to explore how to use the technology for teaching
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It seems like we'd be done with the talking and be full on into the doing by now. There are many of us who have been teaching in many iterations of virtual reality and technologies for many years. It will revolutionize higher education learning when the institutions trust the pioneers and help to open the doors. 
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Strap a VR rig to your back with HP's Omen X VR PC Pack concept

Strap a VR rig to your back with HP's Omen X VR PC Pack concept | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
This prototype backpack puts a full PC on your back for untethered Oculus or Vive action.
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'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' Lead Next Wave in Virtual Reality

'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' Lead Next Wave in Virtual Reality | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Three things are possible with VR that can't be duplicated with traditional platforms, he says. "You can go places and feel like you're there. You can become people you couldn't before. And you can do things in the environment that you couldn't do before. VR lets us bring them into these worlds."
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Guest Column: My Mother's Games

Guest Column: My Mother's Games | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Instead of flipping through photo albums to reminisce, guest contributor Janine Hawkins loads up her late mother's saved games.
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Virtual Reality Journalism : A new way of story telling

Virtual Reality Journalism : A new way of story telling | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
A storytelling tool. Rather than just watching the action, virtual reality places viewers squarely in the middle of it ,taking journalism to a new level.
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'Gender-swapping' gamers: Why some men prefer to play with female avatars — and vice versa

'Gender-swapping' gamers: Why some men prefer to play with female avatars — and vice versa | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Some men enjoy the added attention they receive in the role of a busty elfish sorceress, while some women prefer to avoid unwanted harassment from other players
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12 Virtual Reality Stats That Will Blow You Away -- The Motley Fool

12 Virtual Reality Stats That Will Blow You Away --  The Motley Fool | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
These impressive figures will help you understand the potential behind the growing VR market.
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Art ownership is virtual

Art ownership is virtual | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Standing by his office window, high above Sydney, Simon Mordant found himself in another world. The businessman and arts benefactor was wearing a virtual reality headset and immersed in his most recent purchase: a new work by Australian artist Shaun Gladwell.
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Can you learn by dying? | CPBJ

Can you learn by dying? | CPBJ | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
I wanted to see the future, so I donned a headset that covered my eyes and then I dove into a world where death followed every wrong move.
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Steve Cordasco: What's next for the online higher education revolution - Philadelphia Business Journal

Steve Cordasco: What's next for the online higher education revolution - Philadelphia Business Journal | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
As technology is stabilized and made more accessible, rising costs will sputter and the scaling of online education will most likely trigger disinflation across the industry.
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The next big thing in virtual reality could come out of this student club at Stanford

The next big thing in virtual reality could come out of this student club at Stanford | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Stanford University has its own virtual reality club, Rabbit Hole VR, where students try the latest tech and create neat stuff.
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Virtual Reality Technology Like Oculus Used to Enhance University Degree Programs

Virtual Reality Technology Like Oculus Used to Enhance University Degree Programs | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
University of Washington joins other universities around the world using virtual reality technology like Oculus for education and enhancing degree programs.
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Believe the hype? How virtual reality could change your life

Believe the hype? How virtual reality could change your life | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Reducing errors made during surgery, bringing school books to life, enabling us to browse shops from the comfort of home - virtual reality is not just about gaming, it will change our lives, accordin
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