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LA ACM SIGGRAPH Presents Snow Crash: Virtual Reality Goes Real

LA ACM SIGGRAPH Presents Snow Crash: Virtual Reality Goes Real Los Angeles, California, USAFebruary 22, 2006

The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is hosting Snow Crash: Virtual Reality Goes Real.

Virtual reality is making a comeback. After years of silence a new generation of low-cost devices, such as head mounted displays, data gloves and biofeedback sensors, have become commercially available. This innovation is fueled primarily by the quest for ever-increasing immersion in computer games. However, unlike in previous decades VR devices will now be able to penetrate the consumer market and may form the technological foundation needed to deliver new kinds of services in the homes of the people. A broad range of novel applications, among them Cyber Care, Virtual Training and Social Therapy will benefit from this new wave of opportunities. Join us as a few of the researchers and technologists working on bringing VR technology into everyday use present the latest applications.

Speakers include: Barnabas Takacs, Digital Elite; Jerry Isdale, HRL; and Albert Skip Rizzo, USC Institute for Creative Technologies & School of Gerontology

A social runs from 6:30-7:30 pm, featuring free hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Beginning at 7:30 pm, the presentation will take place in the Grand Horizon Salon A, Third Floor, Covel Commons Sunset Village, UCLA Corner of Charles E. Young Drive North and De Neve Drive.

The event is free to LA SIGGRAPH members and $15 for non-members. New members who sign up on-site and pay the $35 annual membership fee (checks or cash only) do not have to pay the $15 fee. For more information, visit www.la.siggraph.org/.

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