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Second Life Device

By: Ben Preiss - Published:   Updated: Jul 14 2011 • References: boingboing.net & news.yahoo
A helmet-like device with electrodes attached, developed by Keio University bioengineers in Japan, has enabled people to control Second Life avatars through nothing other than their own thoughts. This opens the possibility for the disabled to recover the ability to communicate and do business in the virtual world.

Virtual worlds are becoming more accessible for people with handicaps. Check out the Trend Hunter feature on avatars for the blind:

Implications - This technological innovation reflects consumer desire to help the disabled function in society more effortlessly. Corporations outside the medical and technological field can still make contributions to this cause through donations of revenue to research facilities.

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