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Valve 'comfortable' if virtual reality headsets fail (Total Immersion)
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VR headset developer Valve is "comfortable" with the idea that the technology could turn out to be a complete failure.
posted: 19/02/2017
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US Research Indicates Thousands are Using Pokemon Go Whilst Driving (Total Immersion)
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Driving a car taxes the human brain to its limit. Anything else the person does whilst driving takes vital attention off the road and increases the risk of accidents precisely because the driver is no-longer capable of monitoring all the goings-on in front of the car. Likewise a pedestrian crossing the road is at risk of a lethal collision if they don't at least keep an eye on where all the big, heavy, often very fast moving vehicles are, relative to themselves.
posted: 18/09/2016
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Spectacular 3D Sketching System Revolutionizes Design Interaction and Collaboration (Total Immersion)
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Collaborative three-dimensional sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3D that University of Montreal researchers are presenting today at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver. “Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching,” explained lead researcher Professor Tomás Dorta, of the university’s School of Design. “The system is a full scale immersive 3D environment. Users create drawings on hand-held tables. They can then use the tablets to manipulate the sketches to create a 3D design within the space”. For example, as the designers are immersed in their work, this could mean designing the outside of a car, and then actually getting into it to work on the interior detailing. Hyve-3D stands for “Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D”. Univalor, the university’s technology commercialization unit, is supporting the market launch of the system.
posted: 11/08/2014
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People Rely on What They Hear to Know What They’re Saying (Total Immersion)
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You know what you’re going to say before you say it, right? Not necessarily, research suggests. A study from researchers at Lund University in Sweden shows that auditory feedback plays an important role in helping us determine what we’re saying as we speak. The study is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
posted: 30/04/2014
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Life lessons: Children learn aggressive ways of thinking and behaving from violent video games (Total Immersion)
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Children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. The effect is the same regardless of age, gender or culture. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study published in JAMA Pediatrics, says it is really no different than learning math or to play the piano.
posted: 26/03/2014
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Interactive simulator for vehicle drivers (Total Immersion)
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Simulations are an important development tool in the automobile and utility vehicle industries – they enable engineers to see into the future. The properties of vehicle components, such as how they respond in an accident, their reliability, or their energy efficiency can be investigated using simulations before the first component is manufactured. To continue to maintain the prediction power of the results, however, all of the influences that the vehicle is exposed to later on in actual operation must be taken into account – including those of drivers and operators.
posted: 07/03/2014
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Violent video games delay the development of moral judgement in teens (Total Immersion)
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A Canadian researcher has taken an important step forward in our understanding of how violent video games can affect teenagers in negative ways as wel las in positive.
posted: 06/02/2014
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Cc to the brain: how neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm (Total Immersion)
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Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As the research group led by Professor Silvia Arber at the University of Basel's Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions not only towards the musculature, but at the same time also back to the brain via an exquisitely organized network. This dual information stream provides the neural basis for accurate control of arm and hand movements. These findings have now been published in Cell.
posted: 01/02/2014
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Workstation design improvements for drone operators may reduce costs & mishaps, researchers suggest (Total Immersion)
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The U.S. Department of Defense reports that drone accidents in which personnel or aircraft are damaged or destroyed occur 50 times more often than mishaps involving human-operated aircraft. The U.S. Marines and Army reported 43 mishaps that involved human factors issues associated with drone ground control workstations and technology during 2006−2007.
posted: 28/02/2013
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Google TVs get gaming service via LG deal (Total Immersion)
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The OnLive gaming service is to be made available to Google TV users, following a deal with electronics firm LG.
posted: 19/11/2012
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