Games in Science and Technology

Eye Tracking Technology Brings New Opportunities

COGAIN in ActionIndividuals living with severe motor disabilities like ALS or CP can also enjoy computer games thanks to new 3D gaze technology. One project in particular, Communication by Gaze Interaction (COGAIN) is improving access to leisure through its eye tracking system.

The project lead by Stephen Vickers of De Montfort University, Leicester, UK builds on 2D gaze technology, which came about in the 1990s. It uses the eyes to guide computer cursors and staring at objects to click on them. While COGAIN’s controls still rely on this principle, it improves on speed and accuracy to tackle 3D environments. It also has extras to simplify the various functions found in modern computer applications. Read More...

New Tom Clancy's Title to Utilize 3D Satellite Imagery

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.Ubisoft and GeoEye Inc. have announced a partnership to integrate satellite imaging to the upcoming Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X., due out in early 2009 on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. GeoEye, a leading satellite imagery provider, has provided aerial and geospatial information for the game, from its commercial Earth-imaging IKONOS satellite.

The results will be amazingly realistic 3D environments for every location in the game, which include Rio de Janeiro, Cape Canaveral and the Middle East among 16 international locations. This unprecedented technology integration will give gamers a renewed feeling of immersion into the air combat mission of the game. Read More...

Game Graphics Processors Help to Better Understand Biology

Agent-Based ModelingA group of researchers at Michigan Technological University is innovating in the field of medical research by using graphic processing units (GPUs) commonly found in video game technology. This graphic processing method is much faster than traditional state-of-the art modeling toolkits, which could play a significant role in better understanding the most complex real-life systems.

Agent-based modeling is a computational assisted method used for simulating the actions and interactions of independent items in a network, to determine their effects on the system as a whole.

The Michigan Technological University research team, led by Roshan D'Souza, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is looking to model complex biological structures, like the human immune system in response to the tuberculosis bacteria. These 3D-animations replicate the virtual reactions of T-cells and macrophages going through millions of real-time calculations.Read More...

Surgeons Learn Hands-On with Virtual Skills Lab

Doctors Performing SurgeryDon't be too quick to look down on your child's interest in video games. Who knows, maybe the skills they acquire during playing will help them save lives. Doctors at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas are utilizing machines that use video game technology to learn how to perform surgeries.

In the Virtual Skills Lab at UMC, created by the UMC and its School of Medicine, surgical residents are learning to do procedures via video game technology, before attempting them on living patients.

But this is far from your Trauma Center games. This technology allows residents to interact with realistic tissues through sophisticated graphics and computer-generated simulations. Read More...