Virtual Reality

Researchers unlock hardware's hidden talent for rendering 3-D graphics for science -- and video games

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 20 April 2017 - 10:23am
High performance computing researcher asked if hardware called 3-D stacked memory could do something it was never designed to do -- help render 3-D graphics.
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Gaming helps personalized therapy level up

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 19 April 2017 - 7:08am
Using game features in non-game contexts, computers can learn to build personalized mental- and physical-therapy programs that enhance individual motivation, according to engineers.
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Technology is great, but are we prepared for the consequences?

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 18 April 2017 - 8:43am
Dependence on technology is slowly eroding some of our core principles, according to an expert. It's impacting everything from fake news to texting while driving.
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Motor neurons adjust to control tasks, new brain research reveals

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 18 April 2017 - 6:43am
Motor cortical neurons optimally adjust how they encode movements in a task-specific manner, new research reveals. The findings enhance our understanding of how the brain controls movement and have the potential to improve the performance and reliability of brain-machine interfaces, or neural prosthetics, that assist paralyzed patients and amputees.
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How World of Warcraft can get you a job

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 13 April 2017 - 9:44am
World of Warcraft (WoW) gamers who were successful working as a team in “raids” had qualities that psychological studies have shown to translate to success on virtual workplace teams, new research concludes.
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Pokemon Go players are happier, friendlier, study finds

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 12 April 2017 - 11:52am
Pokemon Go people are happy people. That's the finding of media researchers who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016. Their work shows that Pokemon Go users were more likely to be positive, friendly and physically active.
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Supercomputers reveal how cell membranes keep cancer-causing proteins turned off

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 4 April 2017 - 9:49am
Two biophysicists have used supercomputers to show how cell membranes control the shape, and consequently the function, of a major cancer-causing protein.
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In the future, we will control our mobiles using gestures

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 4 April 2017 - 5:57am
Being able to interact with mobile phones and other smart devices using gestures with our hands and fingers in three dimensions would make the digital world more like the real one. A new project will help develop this next-generation interface.
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'Virtual' interferometers may overcome scale issues for optical quantum computers

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 3 April 2017 - 9:35am
Researchers have devised an entirely new way of implementing large-scale interferometers that will dramatically miniaturize optical processing circuitry.
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Controlling turtle motion with human thought

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 23 March 2017 - 5:50am
Researchers have developed a technology that can remotely control an animal's movement with human thought.
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Method speeds testing of new networking protocols

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 22 March 2017 - 8:09am
Researchers present a system for testing new traffic management protocols that requires no alteration to network hardware but still works at realistic speeds -- 20 times as fast as networks of software-controlled routers.
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People remain calm as the world ends, video game study suggests

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 20 March 2017 - 1:23pm
As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing 'Kumbayah' or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior? A new study, based upon the virtual actions of more than 80,000 players of the role-playing video game ArcheAge, suggests you'll be singing. The study found that despite some violent acts, most players tended toward behavior that was helpful to others as their virtual world came to an end.
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Computing: Is fog more secure than cloud?

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 16 March 2017 - 8:26am
Computer scientists are working on a new concept for remote and distributed storage of documents that could have all the benefits of cloud computing but without the security issues of putting one's sensitive documents on a single remote server.
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Female cyberbullies and victims feel the most negative about school and learning

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 15 March 2017 - 6:44am
Involvement in cyberbullying among girls triggers negative perceptions of the importance of school and the value of learning, a new study suggests. Psychologists found that 11-15 year-old girls who were most involved in cyberbullying -- as perpetrator, victim, or both -- felt the least accepted by their peers. This then had a knock-on effect of spilling over into how important they felt school and learning were, the researchers found.
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Studying altruism through virtual reality

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 8 March 2017 - 10:13am
A computer-based environment has been developed with the aim to shed light on the origins of altruism. This new study immersed participants in a virtual environment that reproduced a building on fire which they had to evacuate in a hurry, deciding whether to save their lives or interrupt their escape and help rescue an injured person. The results showed that altruistic individuals self-reported to have greater concern for others’ wellbeing and had larger right anterior insula (a brain area involved in processing social emotions) compared to non-altruists.
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Computer simulations first step toward designing more efficient amine chemical scrubbers

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 7 March 2017 - 8:29am
A proof-of-concept molecular modeling study that analyzes the efficiency of amine solutions in capturing carbon dioxide is the first step toward the design of cheaper, more efficient amine chemicals for capturing carbon dioxide -- and reducing harmful CO2 emissions -- in industrial installations.
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Virtual reality training for 'safety-critical' jobs

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 6 March 2017 - 8:42am
New virtual reality training could help prevent accidents in 'safety-critical' industries like the NHS, aviation, the military and nuclear power.
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Virtual characters that touch you are seen as being warmer and friendlier

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 6 March 2017 - 6:17am
Touch is a basic need. A new study has shown that virtual characters that can touch you are seen as being warmer and friendlier. Previous research had already shown that this applies to human interaction. This new study has demonstrated that the same principle applies to interactions with virtual characters.
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Social exclusion in virtual realities has a negative social and emotional impact in 'real' life

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 16 February 2017 - 7:55am
In this age of highly realistic computer games and increasingly popular social networks, social exclusion in virtual worlds is becoming more and more socially significant, as is demonstrated by the growing number of "cyber mobbing" cases. However, up until now, very little research has been carried out into the impact of social exclusion in the digital world upon real-life social behavior, and hardly any that addresses the latest developments such as Virtual Reality (VR) glasses. A study has now shown that exclusion from a virtual group has a significant negative impact upon willingness to help and social distance in the real world.
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Complex 3D data on all devices

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 6 February 2017 - 5:41am
A new web-based software platform is swiftly bringing the visualization of 3D data to every device, optimizing the use of, for example, virtual reality and augmented reality in industry. In this way, researchers have brought the ideal of “any data on any device” a good deal closer.
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