Virtual Camp Trains Soldiers in Arabic, and More

The user plays Sergeant Smith, while the other characters are virtual constructs. Using a laptop, the user speaks for the sergeant, in Arabic, through a microphone headset and controls the character’s actions by typing keyboard instructions. The project is part of a major initiative, financed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, to explore new ways of training troops by making use of the large installed base of…

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Video diary from beyond the grave

A US inventor has come up with a hi-tech way of allowing the deceased to talk from beyond the grave – by fixing video screens to their tombstones. Robert Barrows says people could leave video messages before they died, to be played to friends, loved ones or the just plain curious from the grave side. –Video diary from beyond the grave (BBC News) Hmm…. the web story runs without a picture…

Art Treasures in Philly Schools

“Art often gets taken down when the school is painted and they don’t get put up again. So many valuable and important works were forgotten in boiler rooms, locked closets, bicycle rooms,” Bernhardt-Hidvegi said. [...] “We went through every building, every classroom, every basement, every boiler room, every closet, and under every stage” in Philadelphia’s schools and about 200 of the most significant pieces were moved to storage, Paquin said.…