Collaboratively Exploring Virtual Worlds: Beyond Today’s Internet

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The Mars Rover game introduces educational content in a fun and rewarding 3D gaming experience. Students must work together to solve puzzles as they learn to navigate a damaged rover across the surface of the red planet. Along the way, they learn programming and math.   The Pentagon’s Office of Training and Readiness Strategy’s Advanced Distributed Learning laboratory worked with Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training and US Ignite to create a platform for distributed,...

3D Tele-Rehabilitation: Beyond Today’s Internet

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At the Beyond Today’s Internet Summit, researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas showed a working prototype of a next generation communication system that uses 3D video and force feedback devices to virtually recreate a physical therapy session between a patient and a therapist.   3D models of the two participants are captured using off the shelf Microsoft Kinect 3D Cameras and the models are placed in a shared virtual environment of one’s choosing. To simulate the physical...

Local 3D printing hubs bring manufacturing back to U.S.

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Imaginestics is a start-up out of West Lafayette, Indiana, founded by Nainesh Rathod. At the Smart America Expo, Rathod was part of a team that demonstrated the potential impact of "Smart Shape Technology" on 3D printing and local manufacturing hubs. The system lets you can take a picture of a part of a larger device with a mobile phone, and then identify a local retailer where this part can be found or instantly print it at a local neighborhood 3D printing service provider. The...

MWV Episode 74 - David Bhella - Electron-cryomicroscopy

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Dr. David Bhella studies the structural components of viruses using the techniques of electron-cryomicroscopy and image analysis. In addition to his research, David participates with the Glasgow Science Centre in public outreach to help teach students the processes behind his science. Due to his work, David received the 2013 Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education. David's acceptance speech detailed his work with students as well as the stunning images he has produced through his...

Mada'in Saleh (Al-Hajir): Visualizing a Nabataean Tomb

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This is a silent short clip intended for use at the KAUST SIGGRAPH booth in a series of video loops played during the convention.
Dina Garatly, Content Modeler and Producer at the KAUST Visualization Lab, created 3D models of a Nabataean tomb at Mada’in Saleh (Al-Hajir), Saudi Arabia to help archeologists with their study and annotation in the World Heritage Site.
For further details about the project, see the article in the KAUST Beacon, October 2010 Issue, Pg: 6-7.

Science Nation - Virtual Reality Maps

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- Rebuilding the world one pixel at a time - Who says Rome wasn't built in a day? With the muscle of about 500 computers and 150,000 still images, Steve Seitz, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington's Seattle campus, and his colleagues have reconstructed many of Rome's famous landmarks in just 21 hours. For more Science Nation, visit:

Science Nation - 3D Proteins - Getting the Big Picture

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Proteins are the workhorses of cells. With support from the National Science Foundation, University of Arkansas biochemist James Hinton has been researching their structure and function for decades. Back in the 1990's, he had a vision to study these huge protein structures in 3D and now, in cooperation with a company called Virtalis, his vision has become a reality. The new system allows researchers to enlarge the visual of a protein to room-size, so they can examine it from all angles, to...

Science Nation - Super Stars

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Who are the biggest super stars in the universe? For Adam Burrows, an astrophysics professor at Princeton University, it's not who, but "what," and they are far from Hollywood, or even earth, for that matter. Burrows would tell you biggest super stars are the stars that die in a massive explosion called a "supernova." With support from the National Science Foundation, Burrows investigates supernovae and he has recently created 3D computer simulations showing the actual moment of a star's...

Science Nation - Visualization Wall

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This 3-D experience even allows students to practice surgical techniques. When data becomes too complex to describe or even imagine, try bouncing it off a wall. But not just any wall. Measuring 14-by-8 feet, this giant behemoth is known as the VisWall (a product of Visbox, Inc.) and it can help researchers visualize some of the most complicated scientific concepts. For more on this and other Science Nation stories, go to

Confocal Microscopy Imaging of Micro-Spheres and Defects in Liquid Crystals

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S. A. Jewell gives a talk at the LC2CAM 08 conference about the use of FCPM to see director distortions around imbedded objects and in-plane fields can be resolved in a sub-micron scale.