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Cool insight into the future of virtual worlds & virtual reality

by Kelly Walsh on June 17, 2009


Gaming company creating amazing interactive space populated by ‘intelligent’ virtual boy

During my research over the last two weeks into Virtual Worlds and their use in education, I came across this incredible video demonstration of Lionhead Studio’s Project Natal. The gaming company has created a truly interactive virtual world environment, where people can interact with a very real seeming young boy named Milo. This is pretty incredible, so much so that I simply had to mention it here, as my mid-week post.

Take five minutes and check out this video – I’ll bet you’ll also be amazed by the potential that this presentation demonstrates for Virtual World & Virtual Reality applications:


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded As an education and instructional technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, regularly running Flipped Class Workshops online. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Kelly also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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K. Walsh June 26, 2009 at 7:41 am

Hello again, Michael. Thanks for the link – your work with Innovative Technology for Autism sounds like great stuff! Unfortunately, I have no involvement with Project Natal, but could suggest attempting to communicate with Lionhead Studios to pursue your question – this link: will take you directly to their forum about Milo, perhaps posting there may lead to some constructive dialogue. Here on, I will be researching the use of Internet tools for special education in the near future. I look forward to hearing more about your efforts as they progress!

michael leventhal June 25, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I’ve posted a link to your video on Innovative Technology for Autism, started by Katharina Boser of Autism Speaks. The group is mainly populated with researchers from MIT, UC, Georgia who have come up with some wonderful technology which we would like to see adapted to the needs of the autism community. I was invited to the site to help spread the word.
There is a terrific synergy between their work and Project Natal. How could I become more involved in project to utilize your technology to serve the autism community?

michael leventhal June 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Wonderful for me and a great intro to the dynamic potential of SL and interactive technology in general. Have subscribed to your site. Will include you on my Clasroom20 page.

Ann June 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Saw this video last week and was amazed!

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