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Manchester Community College announces free tuition, hybrid course offerings and virtual reality labs

manchester community college announces free tuition, hybrid course offerings and virtual reality labs

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Manchester Community College
MANCHESTER, NH — When Manchester Community College launches its fall semester on August 31, there will be a number of enhancements available to students to help them navigate through the challenges of the pandemic. From free tuition to hybrid course offerings to exciting new technology, this semester promises flexibility and wide-ranging options for those pursuing associate degrees or enrollment in certificate programs or individual classes.
There is new help available for students trying to figure out how to pay for community college during these difficult times. As part of the CARES Act, federal funds have now been made available to families who, because of COVID-19, are facing new challenges in trying to pay for college. This money is for tuition support for the fall of 2020 – for both current and new students, and can be used in all of MCC’s programs, including Workforce Development Center classes.  Many programs offer short-term certificate options which are building blocks to associate degrees or can be stand-alone professional credentials that can assist in employment. As of August 10, more than $200,000 has been awarded to MCC students.
 “MCC has struck a balance between minimizing risk and maximizing educational opportunities,” explains MCC President Brian Bicknell. “Many …

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Jessica Brillhart discusses the power of immersive virtual reality

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Futurists follows industry leaders across all different disciplines who are advancing their fields with technology, innovation, and fearlessness. This is a look into the future of our world as we know it – and as we don’t yet. Come back every Thursday this fall to learn about more trailblazers. Despite graduating with a degree in film and television production from New York University and working extensively at Google as a filmmaker, Jessica Brillhart believed she was capable of accomplishing more. In 2018, she founded Vrai Pictures, an XR content studio based in New York City, with the goal of giving people an immersive virtual reality experience. 

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Virtual Reality is completely different from how you think it is?

virtual reality is completely different from how you think it is?

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Today’s era of Virtual Reality is still undergoing major change and rapid development. What we see with the help of media is just one-third of the whole deal. In the current world, where we are entitled to work on digital mediums, Virtual Reality holds a major name and surely is a game-changer. For example, last week my brother asked me to attend a VR meditation and I was completely oblivious of the fact to what it is. With the help of VR, now meditation groups can entice everyone to a common platform, two or three times a week, and conduct teaching sessions.I believe, that most people have a vague idea of Virtual Reality in today’s world. What they tend to see is more like a 3d TV or a gaming headset (thanks to Youtube, for which we have a common perception of VR). VR is indeed cool but if we take the thinking horizons and expand it, we can check to see that it is much cooler. The 3D part of VR is just a third level matter. Being a digital marketing specialist, the concept of technology baffles me. Technology advances every single moment and you need …

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Virtual Reality in Aerospace and Defence: Technology Trends

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Virtual Reality (VR) headsets typically come with a screen – or one screen for each eye – which eliminates all interactions with the real world. Autofocus lenses are positioned between the eyes and the screen, which move according to the user’s eye movements to convert 2D images into stereoscopic 3D. Visuals are then rendered on the screen, either through a direct connection with another device, or, from an in-built computing system.
Listed below are the key technology trends impacting the VR industry, as identified by GlobalData.
Custom silicon
The smartphone component ecosystem has played a critical role in the evolution of VR, but the next wave of innovation is being driven by purpose-built silicon. Nvidia and AMD lead the VR/AR chip market, but Qualcomm is a formidable competitor. The company’s Snapdragon XR1 chip, launched in October 2018, is the industry’s first VR/AR-specific processor, offering improved battery support, lower temperatures, and a better audio-video experience.
The use of XR1 in Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2.0 has raised expectations that Google’s Daydream VR, presently operating on the Snapdragon 835 smartphone processor, will also get the new chip.
3D audio
Virtual reality display technologies have improved over the years but audio has …

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VR gaming boosts navigational efficiency, spatial memory – Express Computer

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Read Article Adding to the growing list of studies, a new study has said that individuals playing a virtual reality (VR)-based game can develop higher navigational efficiency and less disorientation than those playing a non-VR immersive desktop version.The study, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, revealed that navigation in VR can be overwhelming for its users.“Participants in the VR condition performed better on spatial-based knowledge questions,” said study co-author Egon van den Broek from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.“An interesting use of VR, in addition to education and training, is its use to rehabilitate decreases occurring in navigational abilities and spatial memory in older individuals”.Spatial memory is a cognitive process that enables a person to remember different locations as well as spatial relations between objects.According to the team, instead of traditional free movement, node-based movement can be used in virtual reality (VR) games.In node-based movement systems, players navigate by jumping to set locations and it is similar to hypertext navigation.In a randomised controlled trial with 25 adolescent participants, an immersive desktop game environment and a VR game environment were compared on the transmission of in-game educational content and navigational efficiency. …

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The virtual world grabs hold at work and at home

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We have had some good news: New contracts are showing up, and one of the businesses is to receive an award for entrepreneurship from the New Mexico Small Business Administration.Sen. Martin Heinrich was due to visit next week, but the Senate is not being allowed to recess until the new COVID-19 aid bill is passed, so the visit had to be postponed. However, the lab is super tidy now, and we now have signs up.We would have shown him what we are doing in virtual reality at SciVista, showing what we are building at Compact Fusion Systems in VR and the layout of the experiment we are building next door as it is. Perhaps we’ll still get the opportunity.It’s exciting to see our team continue to grow and pull together during these difficult times. We had a “leaving party” for one employee who went back to his hometown in California, and we are in discussion about how to make that work for him and us.Another key team member is moving to Vienna, but this is presenting an opportunity for us to set up a new base and be closer to EU customers.Despite the …

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Now play Ramayana in Virtual Reality

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The Hyderabad-based Infinito Gaming Studio, a top-notch institute in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) has ventured into a mega project to introduce mythological stories in the minds of young generations. As part of its initiative, Infinito has decided to produce the mythological epic Ramayana using VR technology using first-of-its-kind story-telling method. The objective of the project is to spread the essence of the epic in young minds.

“My aim is to reach all the young generations and make it easy for them to learn about mythology. This is the first time we are making Ramayana into a virtual reality. We are launching it in three languages and later it will be translated into ten more languages. The response to the trailer was amazing,” says Vamshi Krishna, CEO, Infinito Gaming Studio.
So far, the studio has witnessed a tremendous response to the teaser of Epic Ramayana – The Divine Story which was released recently. The Ramayana in VR360 will have 12 episodes each with a duration of 12 to 15 minutes. Plans are afoot to release the project on an OTT platform exclusive for VR and 3D films. The first episode will be released in October.

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Level I Randomized, Blinded Study Demonstrates Significant Improvement in Surgical Proficiency Using Virtual Reality Training

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PALO ALTO, Calif. – Aug. 10, 2020 – Osso VR, a virtual reality-based surgical training platform used by surgeons globally, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, today announces the results of a validation study using its technology. The study, titled “Does Virtual Reality Improve Procedural Completion and Accuracy in an Intramedullary Tibial Nail Procedure? A Randomized Control Trial” was officially published online in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research in August 2020.

The study examined whether VR, compared to the current standard of a technique guide for surgical training, would show an improvement in procedural accuracy and completion for an intramedullary (IM) tibial nail procedure, which requires the combination of elaborate and large-scale movement applicable to most surgeries, and its conclusion found VR significantly increased procedural accuracy and completion rate of an IM nail procedure when compared to the utilization of a technique guide alone. This demonstrates VR has the potential to help residents learn all surgical procedures and its utilization in surgical education may improve patient safety and outcomes.

For the study, 25 first and second-year medical students, without prior exposure to an IM tibial nail insertion procedure, were recruited. This participant group sets this study apart from other studies on VR …

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The Weekly Wrap: Virtual Reality

the weekly wrap: virtual reality

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In ordinary times, this week would mark the revving up of the European bloodstock charabanc: standing room only, destination Deauville. As the threat of a second quarantine hangs over visitors or returnees from France to the UK like the Sword of Damocles, it’s probably just as well that the traditional start to the yearling season has been delayed.This coming weekend, there will be no short shuffle between racecourse and sales ground for the Prix Jacques Le Marois and other delights ahead of a frenetic evening of activity in the ring at Arqana. Instead, those of us in the UK will look on with envy as the permitted 5,000 racegoers in the Normandy seaside town enjoy a feast of action. Meanwhile the British government on one hand urges people back into offices and restaurants but bans an essentially outdoor Goodwood spectator test day at the eleventh hour.
Confused? Yep, that’s pretty much the mindset of the British population right now. For our friends in Ireland, we can add frustration to that description. No bloodstock sale has been held on the island since February, and the 14-day mandatory quarantine for incomers from all countries bar those on the ‘Green List’ …

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Virtual events for the week of Aug. 10-16

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Museums/exhibitsThe Dalí Museum’s Educational Activities: To download and print artful and engaging activities for kids, go to thedali.org and select “activities.” Free. Anytime daily. (727) 823-3767.The Dalí Museum’s “Midnight in Paris,1929” Online Exhibit: Through a host of 20th century works from the renowned Centre Pompidou in Paris, the exhibit brings to life the situations that threatened to tear apart the surrealism movement. View it at thedali.org. Free. Anytime daily. (727) 823-3767.Dreams of Dalí in Virtual Reality (at home): Travel through Dreams of Dalí using your home virtual reality systems. Go to thedali.org and download the tool that fits your device. Free. Anytime daily. (727) 823-3767.Special Art by Special Hands: A virtual exhibition of works by Arc of Tampa Bay students. Works will be on display at specialartbyspecialhands.com through 5 p.m. Saturday. All works are available for purchase and benefit the students as well as Arc. Online purchases must be picked up at Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor. Free (artwork purchases additional). Anytime Monday-Saturday. (727) 799-3330.Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus: A virtual exhibition expressing artist impressions of the current reality of the coronavirus. Find it at lifeduringwartimeexhibition.org. Remains …

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