Virtual Worlds is reporting that There.com will shut down their public environment this week. They were funded via the micro-payment model and said the economic downturn hit their customers hard, thus virtual purchases stopped. It will be interesting to see how the other micro-payment funded systems survive reduced consumer demand. One interesting side note, Forterra’s […]
There is an old New Yorker cartoon that features two dogs. One says to the other, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” Indeed, it has been common for people to hide behind fake personas online for most of the commercial life of the internet. Many did so with chat (remember AOL’s chat rooms?), […]
This 3 year old Duke Visualization Friday video is fascinating, “Medical Imaging Simulation of Mice and Men”, by Paul Segars. Dr. Segars uses Voxelman data to build his own 3D NURBS based model of every organ, bone, nerve in the body. Then MRI data is combined from other colleagues to construct formulas for scaling the […]
I’d be surprised if this video hasn’t gone viral in the Medical Simulation community. Check out “If it Weren’t for You” for a laugh. Then screen down on the livinginsim.com site for an ad for Havidol – When more isn’t enough.
Interesting article that mirrors our own frustrations with Second Life as a virtual reality engine. We look forward to seeing progress on Duke’s OpenCobalt project. Thanks to Amy Coppedge for this reference. -Michael
Another Engadget podcast on an iPhone app, PocketCPR, to teach better CPR technique. These guys are building a plastic holder for the iPhone that will allow an EMT to provide CPR for extended periods. But there is a 2 handed technique to hold the iPhone without the plastic holder. While I see it as useful […]
I just noticed that 6 of the TEDMED videos from the fall 2009 conference are available on the web for free. I’ve only watched the magician David Blaine, but it’s fascinating to hear how he trains for his magic tricks. -michael
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