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Born of weekly meetings in Second Life and other virtual environments where we explored the creations of residents and sought to better understand how they might facilitate our work. Sadly, we are no longer meeting, but curation continues.
Curated by Jenn Forager
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Someone could be looking to buy 3D printing-darling MakerBot

Someone could be looking to buy 3D printing-darling MakerBot | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
3D printing companies may be looking to acquire MakerBot, but it's unlikely the company will sell.
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Ethical Framework for the Use of Social Media by Mental Health Professionals

Ethical Framework for the Use of Social Media by Mental Health Professionals | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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Lumiya Viewer - About Lumiya

Lumiya Viewer - About Lumiya | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Lumiya Viewer - Second Life viewer for Android platform
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Stay connected with your Second Life friends while on the go. With Lumiya, you can send and receive instant messages, teleport to your favorite locations, participate in local chat, manage inventory and even see the virtual world around you in 3D.

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Advancing the Mission of Shapeways: 3D Printing for Everyone - Shapeways Blog on 3D Printing News & Innovation

Advancing the Mission of Shapeways: 3D Printing for Everyone - Shapeways Blog on 3D Printing News & Innovation | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Today marks a milestone for Shapeways. On behalf of the

Shapeways team, we are truly excited to announce a new round of financing of $30 million led by

Andreessen Horowitz, with Chris Dixon joining our executive board.
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Big news from Shapeways, an innovator and clear leader in the game changer that is 3D printing.

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Urban Farm Tour with Will Allen

Urban Farm Tour with Will Allen | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
A tour of Growing Power Urban Farm with Will Allen.   Will Allen explains how to grow in winter using minimal resources.

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*Bows to Eliott Coleman in Portland, Maine.*

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New World Notes: Confirmed: Philip Rosedale Creating Next Generation Virtual Reality Project, Likely With a 3D Voxel Engine

New World Notes: Confirmed: Philip Rosedale Creating Next Generation Virtual Reality Project, Likely With a 3D Voxel Engine | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
High Fidelity is the name of Philip Rosedale's new startup, TechCrunch first reported, and it's apparently that "secret project" I blogged about last February.
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Don't miss the video on the rendering technique. Astonishing results.

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Collaboration and the Internet of Everything

Collaboration and the Internet of Everything | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Kiss your old running shoes good-bye. Change is constant. And technology has always been about change and convergence. But the massive, global-scale change
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Microsoft patent application shows Holodeck-style "immersive display"

Microsoft patent application shows Holodeck-style "immersive display" | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
360-degree projector would "surround the user," work with depth-sensing cameras.

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Google: The World’s Biggest Secret Crowdsourcing Platform — socialmouths

Google: The World’s Biggest Secret Crowdsourcing Platform — socialmouths | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Nick Kellet explains how Google has gone from a gamed system to giving you the power to influence search results
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Jeremy Bailenson on Virtual Reality « The Situationist

Jeremy Bailenson on Virtual Reality « The Situationist | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
From Pacific Standard (a brief excerpt from a long, worthwhile article about the work of Jeremy Bailenson): A few years ago, a research psychologist at Stanford University named Jeremy Bailenson effectively proved the ...

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"The coming explosion of immersive digital technology, combined with recent progress in unlocking how the mind works, will soon revolutionize our lives in ways only science fiction has imagined. In Infinite Reality, Jeremy Bailenson (Stanford University) and Jim Blascovich (University of California, Santa Barbara)—two of virtual reality’s pioneering authorities whose pathbreaking research has mapped how our brain behaves in digital worlds—take us on a mind-bending journey through the virtual universe."

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The face of future SMS and emails?

The face of future SMS and emails? | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
A virtual "talking head" which can express a range of human emotions has been developed by researchers in Cambridge.
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MIT Team Develops Portable Popfab 3D Printer That Fits Inside a Suitcase!

MIT Team Develops Portable Popfab 3D Printer That Fits Inside a Suitcase! | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
A pair of designers from MIT called Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek have created a briefcase-sized 3D printer called Popfab that is much more than meets the eye.
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How Urban Agriculture Is Revitalizing Local Economies

How Urban Agriculture Is Revitalizing Local Economies | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
When I look out onto the urban landscape of manicured green grass, the potential for a buzzing new local food economy seems so obvious. It seems the transformation might already be underway.
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"By shifting a share of food production away from the rural areas and into the urban areas themselves, urban farming is changing the food system. Changes in the food system have ripple effects through everything because food is a central part of all human activity. The growth of this new agriculture is reviving and stimulating local economies like never before."

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5 Steps To Kill Hidden Bad Bugs In Your Gut That Make You Sick

5 Steps To Kill Hidden Bad Bugs In Your Gut That Make You Sick | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
If your skin is bad or you have allergies, can't seem to lose weight, suffer from an autoimmune disease or allergies, the real reason may be that your gut is unhealthy.
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Huzzah!! for Dr. Hyman! Excellent article: "There are many other possible imbalances in your body's operating system that may drive illness as well. These include problems with hormones, immune function, detoxification, energy production and more. But for now let's take a deeper look at the gut and why it may be at the root of your chronic symptoms."

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The future of a home computer controlled by your eyes may be far closer than you think | Neurobonkers | Big Think

The future of a home computer controlled by your eyes may be far closer than you think | Neurobonkers | Big Think | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
There has been much focus over recent years, on brain machine interfaces (BMI) allowing for the direct control of a computer by electrodes placed on or near the brain.
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A virtual avatar controlled by the movements of your eyes, think of what this would mean for those with physical issues! Wow-za!

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First impressions of Oculus Rift: Architectural Visualization, Second Life, and beyond

I wish I had more time to write out a more extensive review of the Rift, but here are my first impressions:
You absolutely feel as if you are transported to another place, to the point where it's ...
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From the ever-innovator Jon Brouchard...

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Second Life Materials Feature is AWESOME!

Second Life Materials Feature is AWESOME! | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Just how important is the new materials feature to Second Life content creators? You need to have deferred rendering enabled (thats lighting and shadows to regular users or as LL have renamed it 'A...
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New World Notes: This Blender Plugin for Second Life Shapes Could Revolutionize Machinima (And Revitalize Your Avatar)

New World Notes: This Blender Plugin for Second Life Shapes Could Revolutionize Machinima (And Revitalize Your Avatar) | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style Machinima-makers and hardcore avatar-customizers alike have a new toy to play with... Provided they aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and dive into Blender to use it.
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Ludwig: Serious Game on Energy

Ludwig: Serious Game on Energy | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Join Ludwig on an exciting journey through the world of physics. Find out how energy is created from fire, water, wind and sun and use them cleverly to protect the Robotronics on Unitron against the impending energy collapse!

Ludwig is a new type of learning game, which not only conveys knowledge, but is also really fun!


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Swedish School Now Has A Mandatory Minecraft Class - Edudemic

Swedish School Now Has A Mandatory Minecraft Class - Edudemic | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
All 13-year-old students must now take a manadatory Minecraft course at the Viktor Rydberg school in Stockholm, Sweden.

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3d virtual worlds can have significant impact in learning. Some schools are starting to get it.

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Study of the Day: Soon, You May Download New Skills to Your Brain

Study of the Day: Soon, You May Download New Skills to Your Brain | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
New research suggests it may be possible to learn complex tasks with little to no conscious effort, just like in The Matrix. Whoa, indeed.
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A Plan to Chart Heart Risk in 1 Million Adults

A Plan to Chart Heart Risk in 1 Million Adults | Tools.Jam - Keys to Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Researchers are launching a major study that will marshal the power of smartphones and other personal technologies in an effort to develop new strategies for preventing and managing heart disease.
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Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education

http://www.ted.com Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering c...
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