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Avatars for autism interaction from Carson animator

Avatars for autism interaction from Carson animator | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Invirtua program offers kid-friendly option to work on learning challenges.
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Got stage-fright? Try confronting that fear using virtual reality

Got stage-fright? Try confronting that fear using virtual reality | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
For years, virtual reality has been considered a potential treatment for mental health disorders due to its ability to immerse patients in realistic situations, helping to treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, alcohol dependence and pain. But until recently, virtual reality graphics were rudimentary and headsets were pricey.
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Program to train female online teachers

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The National Center for e-Learning and Distance Education has come up with a comprehensive e-learning program to prepare Saudi female graduates as faculty members and institutional administrators for the development of online education in the Kingdom. The center announced the program on Monday in partnership with the Open Education Consortium, the network for open education committed to advancing its impact on global education. According to the plan, the core of the yearlong program is to build
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Virtual reality tabletop gaming meetups are now a real thing

If you're reading this, there's a decent chance you're familiar with Existenz or Avalon or Harsh Realm or Ready Player One or that one episode of The X-Files about an evil first-person shooter....
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Biologists Watch Spiders Interact with Virtual Reality Using 3D Printed Treadmills

Biologists Watch Spiders Interact with Virtual Reality Using 3D Printed Treadmills | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
“Typically, there is a trade-off; you can test animals in their natural environment but can’t control the environmental variables present on a particular day; or you can present a series of automated stimuli, but these don’t provide important feedback information to the responding animal,” said Peckmezian. “VR lets you do both. You can create immersive, highly realistic 3D virtual environments that update in real time as the animal moves through them, and, since animals are typically restrained, can couple these with neurophysiological recordings.”
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Virtual world offers support, ‘second life’ to those with disabilities

Virtual world offers support, ‘second life’ to those with disabilities | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
TUCSON, Ariz. — Researchers believe delivering evidence-based support and education in a virtual environment could offer a comfortable transition for new amputees into functional society, as well as an accessible outlet for those who want to connect.Nova Southeastern University has been investigating this concept through the Second Life Virtual World — an online, 3-D environment where
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It's funny that this feels like "new news". I know it won't be long before this is just an accepted and acceptable part of our knowledge base but it continues to surprise me that we have to present it as though it were a new finding.

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B-Schools Get an A for Virtual Reality Experiments | Mobile Marketing Watch

B-Schools Get an A for Virtual Reality Experiments | Mobile Marketing Watch | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
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7 reasons why the New Horizons Pluto mission is a big deal

There hasn't been a mission like this in a generation.
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Samsung Ventures Invests In Kickstarted Fove Virtual Reality Headset?

Samsung Ventures Invests In Kickstarted Fove Virtual Reality Headset? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
It has been reported today that Samsung Ventures has invested and unspecified amount of money in another Kickstarted crowd funded virtual reality headset
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Nasa equips astronauts with Microsoft's virtual reality headset

Nasa equips astronauts with Microsoft's virtual reality headset | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Space organisation's Project Sidekick uses HoloLens to improve research and training on the ISS - and could be used in missions to Mars
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Second Life Creator Linden Lab Prepares To Test Parallel VR Universe | Xconomy

Second Life Creator Linden Lab Prepares To Test Parallel VR Universe | Xconomy | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
San Francisco-based Linden Lab, the granddaddy of virtual reality companies, is celebrating the 12th birthday of its cyberworld Second Life this week with
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The Future Envisioned at Museum of Science Fiction (Op-Ed)

The Future Envisioned at Museum of Science Fiction (Op-Ed) | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Emerging technologies will allow the museum to extend its exhibitions beyond the building through virtual and augmented reality. Virtual visitors will have round-the-clock, continuous access to the galleries and enhanced programming. We now have the capability to go beyond merely creating a virtual model of the physical museum: technology like Oculus Rift can allow incredible freedom to build what might be too big, too expensive or too fantastic for the non-virtual world.
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Neurosurgeons slip on virtual reality headsets

Neurosurgeons slip on virtual reality headsets | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Put this on and you fly around inside the brain, moving past brain tissue, nerves and blood vessels by simply moving your head
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Second Life Maker Linden Lab Wants to Build the WordPress of Virtual Reality

Second Life Maker Linden Lab Wants to Build the WordPress of Virtual Reality | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The company behind Second Life is betting on a second chance. Linden Lab, which pioneered the idea of virtual worlds with Second Life in 2003, is getting ready to jump on the virtual reality bandwa...
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Disruptive Innovations In Higher Ed Emerging From Outside Mainstream

Disruptive Innovations In Higher Ed Emerging From Outside Mainstream | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Yesterday I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to explore the barriers to and opportunities for innovation. My full written testimony is here. In my remarks, I clarified what disruptive innovation is, as the theory [...]
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See The Future Through Virtual Reality At The Building Centre

See The Future Through Virtual Reality At The Building Centre | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The technologies on display in this exhibition provide new ways of visualising the future — although we must remember, visions of the future are always imaginary. Used intelligently, new technologies provide architects, engineers, planners and citizens with tools to share the new ideas shaping our cities. The success of Drawn to the Future lies in how it positions technology within wider processes of creativity, design and democracy.
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Lara Croft gets a normal body and she still kicks butt

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In another study, women played a virtual reality game with avatars. Some of the avatars looked like sexualized women found in any video game; others resembled sexualized versions of the women who were playing, while others looked more like an average American. When women played with a sexualized avatar they were more likely to self objectify. Even worse, when women played in sexualized avatars of themselves, they were more likely to believe that women deserve to be raped.

"I was kind of floored. I expected it to be the opposite," Fox says.
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5 Rarely Considered Obstacles To 21st Century Education

5 Rarely Considered Obstacles To 21st Century Education | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
What are the biggest obstacles to changing education? Some are economic. Others are infrastructural. Few are technological. The most significant challenges are philosophical. We are wedded to particular ways of thinking about school and learning and life that are limiting our ability to best serve our children. The way we live [...]
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Mozilla Now Testing Virtual Reality Firefox - VRFocus

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Mozilla has started letting outside developers use a beta version of Firefox, MozVR to help integrate virtual reality into the browser.
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How Virtual Reality can Improve Online Learning > ENGINEERING.com

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As these technologies improve, the possibilities will be endless. Journey to the Center of the Earth, anyone? 

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Get real: The technology challenge of virtual reality

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“I see CNN and Fox News and CBC going to want to transport you to war zones, into the middle of humanitarian crises, into the Olympics, to places that you wouldn’t have to get on a plane to experience firsthand,” he said. “I see in the long-term some fantastical and otherworldly applications, transporting people to things that don’t exist in the real world.”

“It’s such a visceral medium,” he added. “It is seductive enough to keep you intrigued and thinking for a long time afterwards.”
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More steps toward online school

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Every Virginia student enrolling in high school this fall must take a course online, or part of a course, in order to fulfill state-mandated requirements for graduation.

The move, approved three years ago by state lawmakers, was designed to familiarize students with technologies reshaping education, business and every other aspect of contemporary life.
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ExxonMobil licenses EON Reality for Immersive 3D Operator Tr..

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ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) yesterday said ExxonMobil has awarded a global commercial licence ...
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Duke University Uses Virtual Reality to Help Students Explore Without Leaving Class

Duke University Uses Virtual Reality to Help Students Explore Without Leaving Class | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Researchers from Duke University have created a program that allows students to explore molecules and nucleic acid through virtual reality. The technology has been present in the gaming industry for decades, but it is now starting to find its way into the education sector.
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