“ Although computers excel in certain areas, they fall short in reading and conveying non-verbal communication. Subtleties of voice tone, body positioning and facial expression all are crucial in human interactions. In fact HOW we say things is much more important than WHAT we say. This video highlights the work in Professor Peter Robinson’s lab (Computer [...]
Google recently demoed a new project called Body Browser. The project is a WebGL-enabled interactive map of the body that could be used as a front end to health information as well as for interactive learning. The application is plug-in free and will run in any WebGL supported browser. (Via Google Body Browser.) Thanks [...]
I found a link to this video on Downloadsquad. The folks at MIT have “hacked” (not really because Microsoft left the Kinect open by design) a Kinect to be reminiscent of the interface seen in Minority Reports. The demo video also shows the incredible resolution of the Kinect–able to identify individual fingers on both hands. [...]
Hackers were able to alter the programming of the Microsoft Kinect only a matter of days after it’s November 4 debut. Florian Echtler was able to accomplish the hack by hooking an open source Kinect driver to his personal, custom, multitouch software library. The first of many interesting tweeks we will see over the next [...]
The NY Times had an piece over the weekend on companies focusing on interpretation of EEG to gauge the effectiveness of advertisements. I’ve met some of the folks over at EmSense, who are also interested in applying these techniques to video games. Seems like an area to keep our eyes on….. ?Volunteers in NeuroFocus marketing [...]
IBM released this concept piece last week about the uses of 3D visualization and augmented reality in healthcare. One part, in particular, caught my eye. The concept of using an avatar as a visual “front-end” to an EHR. We discussed the need for this exact solution in a meeting about health record displays on the [...]
I’ve had the chance to mess around with a Microsoft Kinect over the past week and I have to say, I’m impressed. Set-up was a breeze. The starter games that come with the unit are okay–my son and I took turns hitting balls down an alleyway at bricks. The fitness game, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, [...]
Microsoft filed an interesting patent this week trying to protect the linkage of personalized health records (e.g. Microsoft’s own Health Vault) to avatar characteristics and abilities. An interesting (but short) concept description on GameSpot. via GameSpot News Details.
I found this article in Wired about the military’s interest in developing personalized eight-foot assault wings that a soldier straps on their back. The technology would enable stealth attacks of more than 30 miles. The addition of engines could double this distance. Look Out Below! Wingsuits Pushed for Airborne Assaults | Danger Room | Wired.com.
Published in Science last week…. What Can Virtual Worlds and Games Do for National Security? V. S. Subrahmanian and John Dickerson Second Life, World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs have become hugely popular consumer games. The military has used computers to study war for close to 50 years. Although there have been attempts to use [...]
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