Virtual Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is the practice of using VR to duplicate a MIS procedure to exact detail. This trains the surgeon for a physical operation, or can be used via teleoperation to perform operations in much higher fidelity - the surgeon can look at an area in extreme enlargement, and operate such that each stroke they make in VR produces a much smaller one in the physical theatre.
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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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It has finally come of age, the virtual car. Slobber over it, rub your hands deep into the uphostery, leave drool smears on the dashboard. Have fun off all sorts with the car before you buy it, after all, its youur virtual Maybach. A cross ...
Dubit Research put together a report for Virtual Worlds Forum asking its panel of 600 7-to-12-year-olds about their habits in virtual worlds. The numbers are fairly in line with those reported by Nielsen over the summer: 73% of surveyed tw...
Serious Virtual Worlds '07: First European Conference on the Professional Applications of Virtual Worlds
13 - 14 September 2007
The Serious Games Institute, Coventry, UK
The Serious Games Institute and Ambient Performance announce the first Serious Virtual Worlds conference.
"Evidence supports the conclusion that the 'killer application' that is critical to virtual worlds -- and, by extension, to Web 3.0 -- is, in fact, already here and it is none other than social networking," says Vahid Dejwakh, In-Stat a...
It had to happen, really. Given the increasing fidelity of modern graphics, the increasing sophistication of VR, and the over abundance of hormones possessed by all too many developers. Welcome to the world's first beauty pageant for vi...