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Using Biofeedback in Second Life

I just read about a fascinating new project on the Second Life forums called "Project Sun Realm Online."  The person starting this is Elizabeth Dalton (SL name "Nekokami Dragonfly"), and she has a website explaining the whole concept.

Here's a blurb from her website:

Q. What is the Sun Realm?
A. It is the setting for the biofeedback-based game, the Journey to Wild Divine. In the Sun Realm, players learn techniques of raising and lowering the energy levels of their bodies, as well as breathing techniques to improve health, and many other valuable things.

Q. What is the Sun Realm Online?
A. It is an idea for an online service which would provide an experience similar to the Journey to Wild Divine game, but many people could play it together, through the internet. Players would be able to see each other (or rather, each other's "avatars"), chat with each other by typing or using a voice service, and play cooperative multiplayer events together using Light Stones connected to their own computers.

The basic idea is to use this biofeedback device as a new interface to Second Life.  I'm fascinated by the potential to use such a device to help people who cannot type or use a mouse.  I think it could be very therapeutic in terms of relaxation, as well as give individuals a totally new interface to Second Life to experiment with.

I'll be bringing this up with the other members of the Live2Give group and see if there is some interest in exploring this further.  I'll be keeping in touch with Nekokami and will keep everyone updated on how the project progresses.

Posted by John Lester on January 23, 2005 at 11:28 AM in John Prototype's Musings | Permalink


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this sounds full of potential. i'd love to see where it goes! sometimes i wish the future were here now~

Posted by: the mascot | Jan 23, 2005 6:01:50 PM

Fantastic! With my wishful thinking, I am hopeful that, one day, SL may implement technologies that facilitate use by people with ltd. mobility.

It'd be great if we could use voice recognition and other assistive devices as an interface with SL. I keep dusting mine off - for the day when that time finally arrives :).

I wonder what it would take for L. Labs to create the ability to activate such an interface as a "plug-in" or extra component. It would enhance SL and also open it up to more people :).

Posted by: Sierra/Rain | Jan 24, 2005 7:56:10 AM

Sierra, I'm going to be making a post on this blog about additional new technology that might be of interest to you and many others. Keep your eyes peeled. :)

Posted by: John Prototype | Jan 25, 2005 1:19:52 PM

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