Category Archives: Virtual Reality

Virtual humans

Article over at BetterHumans.com on virtual humans – those created by scans, computer programs, and video capture. See pragmatica : The growing role of virtual humans.

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I am the very model of a Singularitarian

Last night I was listening to the podcast Changesurfer Radio: The Future of Virtual Reality and there was this really clever clip at the end of a transhumanist parody from the production The Filkado. Anyway, it’s a Gilbert and Sullivan … Continue reading

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Guess who’s coming to (virtual) dinner?

A few years back (2001?) I played around with LifeFX (Windows/IE only) which at that point had a funky email program (FaceMail?) you could download and then its avatar software would recite your emails to you with speech synthesis, a … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality as Therapy

Just skimming through these while list current applications of virtual reality in practice. These look amazing though I’m not sure I’d volunteer to test “Spider-World” (which means of course I’m a good candidate for it.) Hoffman, Hunter G. “Virtual-Reality Therapy.” … Continue reading

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Robots: From tools to partners

Article on the Economist web site observing the love for robots in Japan. Has a few religious points of contact too. See Japan’s humanoid robots | Better than people | Economist.com. Related to this is the Robotic Life group at … Continue reading

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UM-VRL: Virtual Reality: A Short Introduction

A nice short introduction to virtual reality technologies at the Virtual Reality Laboratory at the University of Michigan. See: UM-VRL: Virtual Reality: A Short Introduction. All you ever wanted to know (in summary) about CAVEs, BOOMs, HMDs and data gloves.

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The politics of cyberspace

From some reading I was doing today. Technology never escapes politics. The fiction of cyberspace is useful precisely to the extent that it allows it allows its proponents to imagine an androcentric reality in which a threatening, messy, or recalcitrant … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality and Bionic Limbs

Was writing up a section on immersion as one of the distinctive approaches to VR (one of the seven that Michael Heim identifies) and came across these articles. Love the VirtuaSphere (but not sure if I could carry off the … Continue reading

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Intel Does a Total Recall at IDF

Mike, a friend of mine, forwarded me this link about the new family world envisaged by Intel its recent developer forum. The author comments that a colleague of his saw it like this, Wolfgang’s issue with what was presented is … Continue reading

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Augmented Reality, Children’s Books and Ritual

Matt and Maggi link through to some interesting stuff about using Augmented Reality (AR) out of the HITL project (NZ / US) for children’s books. I’ve also wondered about the possibilities for shared ritual experiences – that go beyond things … Continue reading

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