Tel Aviv University's tactile sensor
Virtual worlds may help educate impoverished children, and they might even be bringing a new wave of commerce to the world. But can virtual worlds change individual lives?
According to some research published in the venerable Science Daily, they just might.
You see, some enterprising Israeli researchers are developing the most innovative assistance for the blind since Braille.
Pixels and Policy investigates how virtual worlds are giving eyes to the blind, and why you can run the program on your old Apple II.
Continue reading Medical Update: Researchers Use Audible Virtual Worlds To Give Sight to the Blind
Imagine our surprise when we found out Pixels and Policy's article on racism in Second Life was set to be featured on the BBC's website! As you can imagine, we thought it was a joke at first.
However, the news is true. Pixels and Policy received a great write-up on the BBC's Magazine Monitor, alongside the likes of Michael Caine and a former Bosnian leader on the run from authorities. This goes a long way in proving what Pixels and Policy has said – virtual worlds are an area of growing importance in the world, and coverage of how players live in the Metaverse will draw an audience.
As the BBC said:
In virtual reality you create what you look like – your avatar – so are
given the opportunity to separate yourself from your age, race or
gender. Despite this…research from North Western University which suggests people are less likely to help someone if they have a black avatar.
We're not going to sit back and enjoy the appreciation, though. Pixels and Policy is currently conducting research on the role of gender in the virtual world, with a focus on how female avatars are perceived by others, and how the players of female avatars perceive themselves.
In the meantime, keep reading!