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Open Source Virtual Reality Spreads Out

A group of researchers is using a wireless open source virtual world to teach language learning to students, including allowing them to practice. "Dubbed ‘Realtown’, the newly-developed wireless environment incorporates a virtual supermarket, schools, pharmacy and bank, as well as background sounds that may be enabled to increase the environment’s realism," says the story. Realtown is actually just one of many applications of the open source framework DIVE though, which stands for Distributed Interactive Virtual Environments. Here's what it's all about and a look at some other open source virtual reality efforts.


For Kids: Ditto, to Distract the Pain Away

The ‘Ditto’ is a new medical tool designed to distract young burn victims from the painful and often arduous task of changing their dressings. Cleverly disguised as a video game, the therapy aid is designed for use with 3-8 year olds. Creator Sam Bucolo, Associate Professor of Queensland University of Technology, designed the device to engage children from the get-go.
‘Ditto’ relies on multimodal interaction to completely immerse little ones in the virtual reality-style game.
This type of technology may also be applicable to a wide range of uncomfortable medical procedures like vaccinations, medical testing and physiotherapy.


Child-like intelligence created in Second Life

Four-year-old Eddie might behave like a typical young boy. Outside of the Second Life virtual world, however, he is anything but.


Emotive unveils world's first brain-controlled video gaming headset

Emotive Systems, the pioneer in brain computer interface technology, has revealed the Emotiv EPOC, a neuroheadet that allows players to control gameplay with their thoughts, expressions and emotions. The device was unveiled during a live interactive demonstration at GDC.


Now, E-sticky notes to remind you through e-mails or sms'

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed electronic sticky notes which can be used to send reminders and messages through e-mails or a mobile device.
The researchers call their new prototype the 'Quickies'.


MIT - Smart Badges Track Human Behavior

In the corporate and academic worlds, conferences and networking events are necessary. But while some people trade business cards with aplomb, others clump with coworkers, rarely venturing beyond the safety of their pre-existing social circle. New research from MIT's Media Lab has shown that a sensor-laden conference badge might be able to help people venture out, form new connections, and gain insight into how they interact with others at such events.


OLIVE™ (On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment) Platform

Forterra Systems builds distributed virtual world technology for the corporate, healthcare, government, and entertainment industries. Forterra's software and services enable organizations to train, plan, rehearse, and collaborate in ways previously considered impossible or impractical. Using the OLIVE™ (On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment) Platform and industry standard PC hardware, customers can rapidly generate realistic, collaborative, 3D Internet solutions that easily scale from single user applications to large scale simulated environments supporting many thousands of concurrent users. The OLIVE platform provides unique advantages over the alternatives on the market.


IEEE launches new working group for Body Area Network tech

IEEE approved the formation of a working group for IEEE 802.15.6. Otherwise known as a "body area network" (BAN), 802.15.6 is a low-frequency technology intended to endow a future generation of short-range electronics—both in body and on or around it—with a wireless communication standard for exchanging information.


New Registered Project: Split Connector

Implementation of a split connector. This connector will allow to partition its input data (from a single sink) into several sources. The partition structure is user defined.

New Registered Project: ON/OFF Connector

Implementation of switch connector. It will provide functionalities to control (stop/record/replay) the flow of data between connected pins.

New Registered Project: Event Bus Connector

This project will enhance the dynamicity of the the kernel by implementing an event bus connector. It will allow components (that do not produce big amount of data) to connect to a central bus and publish/subscribe to events.

New Registered Project: OpenInterface Description Languages

This project will centralize the result (dtd,xmlschemas, examples) of the ongoing work over the description languages used by OpenInterface.