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Flying in Comfort Thanks to Virtual Reality

Flying in Comfort Thanks to Virtual Reality

Does this sound familiar? After a long check-in procedure you are finally sitting in your assigned seat on the aircraft. But the seat is too narrow, the foot-well is too tight, you have neighbors using both armrests, and the family with small children in the row in front increases the noise level considerably. If only [...]

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Monkeys Use Minds to Move Two Virtual Arms

Monkeys Use Minds to Move Two Virtual Arms

In a study led by Duke researchers, monkeys have learned to control the movement of both arms on an avatar using just their brain activity.   The findings, published Nov. 6, 2013, in the journal Science Translational Medicine, advance efforts to develop bilateral movement in brain-controlled prosthetic devices for severely paralyzed patients. To enable the [...]

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Cocktail Novelties Inspired by Nature’s Designs

Cocktail Novelties Inspired by Nature’s Designs

An MIT mathematician and a celebrity chef have combined talents to create two culinary novelties inspired by nature.   John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics, and renowned Spanish chef José Andrés have designed a cocktail accessory and a palate cleanser based on the mechanics of water bugs and water lilies, respectively. The cocktail accessory [...]

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The Math Says Red Sox Have a Big Edge in the World Series

Now that the World Series is about to begin, NJIT math professor Bruce Bukiet has announced the probability of each of the contenders winning the best 4 out of 7 game contest. “The Boston Red Sox have a nearly 70% chance of winning the series,” says Bukiet. But he gives the caveat that the St. [...]

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Video Game Technology: Motion Tracking Technology Is Extremely Precise, Inexpensive With Minimal Lag

Video Game Technology: Motion Tracking Technology Is Extremely Precise, Inexpensive With Minimal Lag

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh have devised a motion tracking technology that could eliminate much of the annoying lag that occurs in existing video game systems that use motion tracking, while also being extremely precise and highly affordable.   Called Lumitrack, the technology has two components — projectors and sensors. A [...]

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New Device to Revolutionize Gaming in Virtual Realities

New Device to Revolutionize Gaming in Virtual Realities

How is it possible to walk through 3D virtual realities while staying in one place? Engineers from the Vienna University of Technology have solved this problem and are now introducing their “Virtualizer.”   Head-mounted devices, which display three dimensional images according one’s viewing direction, allowing the users to lose themselves in computer generated worlds are [...]

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Video Games Improve Your Motion Perception, but Only When Walking Backwards

Video Games Improve Your Motion Perception, but Only When Walking Backwards

Playing first-person action games can enhance your perception of movement — but only when you’re walking backwards.   This is one of the findings of a new paper by University of Leicester psychologists, published in the journal Perception, which examines the effect of playing video games on motion perception. Their paper, “Selectively enhanced motion perception [...]

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Training the Older Brain in 3-D: Video Game Enhances Cognitive Control

Training the Older Brain in 3-D: Video Game Enhances Cognitive Control

Scientists at UC San Francisco are reporting that they have found a way to reverse some of the negative effects of aging on the brain, using a video game designed to improve cognitive control.   The findings, published on Sept. 5 in Nature, show that a specially designed 3-D video game can improve cognitive performance [...]

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Playing Video Games Can Boost Brain Power

Playing Video Games Can Boost Brain Power

Certain types of video games can help to train the brain to become more agile and improve strategic thinking, according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London and University College London (UCL).   The researchers recruited 72 volunteers and measured their ‘cognitive flexibility’ described as a person’s ability to adapt and switch between tasks, [...]

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Can Watching an Avatar Translate to Real-Life Weight Loss?

Can Watching an Avatar Translate to Real-Life Weight Loss?

An estimated two-thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese and many find it difficult to lose weight and keep it off. They’ve tried fad diets, exercise programs, diet pills and other methods but the battle continues. Now, a new study suggests that watching an avatar model weight-loss behavior in a virtual community might help [...]

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