Games in Science and Technology

Square Enix and NeuroSky Demo First Brainwave Controlled Game

NeuroSky LogoThe 2008 Tokyo Game Show saw the first steps of what may soon become a new mainstream gaming trend. In collaboration with Square Enix (Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest), NeuroSky unveiled a game demo playable using human brainwaves. The game, titled Judecca, is played entirely through the use of NeuroSky’s MindSet, a wearable neuro-sensor helmet.

Judecca, a first-person-shooter zombie thriller, uses your concentration to control your actions. Players must attain a specific state of relaxation before they can accurately "see" the zombie enemies or walk through walls, for example. Read More...

Major Research Project Developing Computer-Assisted Memory

An Old-Fashioned ReminderSix organizations, from six different countries are working together to develop a solution to the deterioration of the human memory. The three-year project named HERMES Cognitive Care and Guidance for Active Aging is looking at a combination of home-based and mobile solutions to help older people combat the natural reduction in cognitive abilities.

It is common knowledge that as humans age, their cognitive abilities begin to weaken and forgetfulness becomes a constant source of struggle. To tackle this issue, which is bound to cause growing social concerns among an aging population, the HERMES research initiative brings together expertise from varying fields, such as gerontology, speech processing, hardware integration and user-centered design. Read More...

Computer Intelligence Focus of Conference

De Montfort University LogoWorld-leading experts in the field of computer engineering and technology will be gathering at the 2008 UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence (UKCI 2008) from September 10-12, 2008 at the De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. The conference focuses on the role of intelligent computers, notably as they relate to video games and medicine.

The domain encompasses fuzzy systems (a mathematical system used to express concepts that cannot be expressed as "true" or "false" but rather as "partially true”), neural networks (systems that perform a specific types of functions) machine learning and evolutionary computation (a method of searching the space of possible solutions to a problem by selectively creating new solutions from the best obtained so far). Read More...

Video Game Technology Revolutionizes Radiology

An Image Rendered in FiatLux VisualizeA team of former video game developers have taken their knowledge and skills to create revolutionary medical imaging software. Redmond, WA company FiatLux Imaginghas released a visualization application set to improve access and speed in the radiology field.

FiatLux Visualize uses a mainstream video game technology, Microsoft’s DirectX graphics platform, which allows it to run on all PCs. It lets doctors analyze the 3D MRI or CT Scan images on standard PCs or PDAs. This major change in the field will improve the speed at which results can be analyzed, allowing doctors to work at any place and time, rather than being confined in radiology labs. Read More...