A virtual autopsy or virtopsy (pleural virtopsies) is an autopsy that does minimal damage to the body and involves no cutting. Instead, a 3D scan of the surface of the body from all angles is taken, and combined with a detailed CT scan of the inside of the cadaver. These two datasets are then combined into a single 3D dataset, from which 3D models of various parts are created, resized and dissected as the coroner directs.
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Julian Dibbell, freelance writer, and author of ?A Tiny Life? and other works chronicling the massive, disruptive impact of virtual lives on both the physical and the virtual. He tried a little experiment: was it possible to make more money from his forays into the virtual, buying and selling virtual items, than he makes as a successful writer?
BBC Click examines the creation of a virtual copy of Berlin, intended as a space for virtual tourism.
A lovely escapist magazine article about why the ?virtual? in virtual worlds and virtual environments, has outlived its usefulness, and is doing more harm than good, to the industry.
News from the 18th of August 2005, the first recorded case of a man arrested for mugging a great many people in a virtual world - and then taking their virtual goods, and selling them wholesale on an auction website. Industrial grade mugging - in a virtual world.
Industry news, from 01-04-2005. Hands up who saw this one coming? That?s right, you can all put your hands down now. Virtual property, existing only in a database server, has long been a hot topic in virtual reality, as to who actually owns it. Now, this case has reached a new level, with the murder of a man accused of stealing a virtual sword.
A short, but pointed article about virtual marriage, both in the difficulties of a real marriage in the virtual, and how the emotional involvement changes things, and then a look at the roleplaying benefits of pretend virtual marriages ? as opposed to real virtual marriages.
Virtual worlds have shown themselves to have very real, and fairly powerful market forces when it comes to items from within them being traded openly on the internet. Time to stop arguing about the value of virtual, and start worrying about the reality of the virtual?
Previously featured Industry News from September 2003, looking at the Vocaloid technology - the creation of virtual singers using voice fonts from previous artists.
Virtual Reality is just beginning to head down the full body sensation reproduction path. We are at the very early stages of being able to recreate parts of the physical form, entirely in the virtual. This is a concept which is likely to have very a profound effect upon how we deal with the world around us.
Researchers at the Max Planck institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, have created a first of its kind: A virtual reality simulator that does not actually create simulations in VR-space. Instead, they exist in physical dimensions, just not exactly normal matter.
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Many people hate the idea of a loved one being dissected ? even if it could provide vital clues about how and why they died. But it may not be necessary for much longer. A growing number of countries, including the UK, Australia, US, and Ja...
A South Korean couple who were addicted to the internet let their three-month-old baby starve to death while raising a virtual daughter online, police said.
The pair fed their own premature baby just once a day in between 12-...
Researchers at the University of Granada, Spain, have designed a new computing system that determines the age and sex of a corpse with a reliability of 95%. This system is based on free software called Image and a free DICOM displayer calle...
Bern University Medical Centre, Switzerland, in the ear5ly hours of the morning a hearse sits silently outside the loading bay of this state of the art clean room facility. Inside, a dead body, a murder victim is being autopsied. The only d...
A workshop on virtual reality hardware and software will take place from 30 November to 1 December in Stuttgart, Germany.
The workshop will present new trends in virtual reality hardware and software, organised around the fol...