Virtual Reality and Your Spider Sense
Recent work at the University of Washington has shown that combining tactile input with virtual reality can improve the usefulness of aversion therapy.
LingoPhone Provides Mobile Translation
LingoPhone now provides mobile, on-the-spot translation services via cellphone. The service works with any mobile phone equipped to send and recieve text messages.
Phraselator P2: Speech Recognition And Translation
VoxTec is now taking orders for the Phraselator P2, an improved version of its original product. The new device is a complete redesign, with longer battery life, higher-fidelity audio, better speech recognition and improved ergonomics.
Talking Washing Machines Are More Accessible
New washing machines are starting to look, well, more modern, with LCD displays and smooth, easy-to-clean panels. Unfortunately, that makes appliances much more difficult to use for people with vision problems, who would prefer large knobs.
Calling All Sandbenders - PC Case Mod Contest!
Liked the idea of sandbenders from William Gibson novels? Check out the extreme case modification contest.
Toshiba Ubiquitous Viewer Lets Phones Control PCs
Toshiba says it has developed software to let users control computers in their homes or offices from their mobile phones.
Virtual Girlfriends Updated
Tomb Raider Lara Croft and V-Girl Vivienne, much loved personality-constructs, have both been updated this past week.
Shelter After Katrina
Readers wrote in suggesting that perhaps science fiction writers had some ideas that could be of practical use.
Emily Lifelike Animation Sets New Standard
This new technique presents a character that may have made its way successfully across the 'uncanny valley.' Are synthespians far behind?
Webkare - Virtual Boyfriends
Are men or women more likely to become interested in a virtual friend/lover? Japanese schoolgirls are voting with their fingers on this one.
Love Plus Dating Sim Requires Kissing
Dating in the virtual world of Love Plus; would you have a relationship with a virtual person?
iPhone To Control Desktop Computer Remotely?
Nice prediction for William Gibson; he even used a touch screen interface on his 'control-face' device.
James Cameron's Avatar Synthespians
Updated with comment by Jeff Kleiser and a video. Is the world ready for artificial actors? James Cameron's technology in Avatar may make this long-delayed idea a reality.
Virtual Star Hatsune Miku In 3D Hologram Concert Video
Amazing HD video of this live concert presented by an idoru, a personality-construct famous in Japan.
Synthespian Wannabe: Tron Legacy's Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges enjoyed being scanned into the movie Tron: Legacy. His original character did not enjoy being scanned into the video-game Tron.
Is Aimi Eguchi Real or Virtual? Updated!
Japanese audiences are puzzled; is she an idoru?
Hacker Creates Augmented Reality Anime Girlfriend
'She is Tei Toei. She is ... a congeries of software agents.'
NSA Data Mining And 'Cybernetic Water Witches'
'He was an intuitive fisher of patterns of information...'- William Gibson, 1996.
Gatebox Virtual Girlfriend Perfect For Budding Salaryman
'She is ... a congeries of software agents.' - William Gibson, 1996.