Ever dream of becoming a super hero? Playing the hero in video games may actually help make that a reality!

Violent video games have long been thought to increase aggression, but it appears that the opposite is true as well. A study done at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory shows that having superpowers in a video game can make people more altruistic.

Stanford researchers used a simulation game to test their theory. One at a time, 60 men and women strapped on virtual reality goggles and were whisked away to a virtual cityscape. Their airborne mission: to deliver insulin to a diabetic child. Half of the test subjects completed their mission by flying in a helicopter; the other half controlled their flight by a series of arm motions, like Superman.

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Arcade games by definition are typically coin-operated machines such as pinball machines, video games and merchandisers (games which use claw cranes).

The first popular arcade games date back to the 1920s with the first coin-operated, fortune telling machines. In 1966 Sega introduced Periscope, an early submarine simulator, which became a worldwide success and the first arcade game to cost one quarter to play, a price which remained the standard for arcade games for many years to come.

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Day three of Otronicon is in the books, but there's one day left! Get a glimpse of the fun that was had as the best of the city's technology was on display.

Photos courtesy of RF Photography.


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Saturday marked day two of Otronicon and we're just getting started! See what you missed, and be sure to be here Sunday and Monday for the eighth annual spectacular.

Photos courtesy of Michael van Gelder and Jaffy Escarcha.


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Let The Games Begin! The four-day Otronicon event has begun. Check out the photos from Day One! 

Photos courtesy of Michael van Gelder.


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January 17, 2013

More than 200 VIP guests attended a sneak preview of Otronicon last night. The Science Center’s largest annual event, Otronicon is a celebration of technology that’s “made in Orlando, played in Orlando,” promoting the innovation that’s occurring in our backyard and its impact on how we live, learn, work and play. Speakers in last night’s presentation, included Science Center President JoAnn Newman plus Orlando City Commissioner Robert Stuart, Science Center Trustee and head of NAWCTSD/NSA Orlando Captain Steve Nakagawa and Trustee Daryl Holt, EA Sports VP and GM of EA – Tiburon.

The event was launched with a flash mob inspired by the film “Revenge of the Nerds” with dancers in nerd garb celebrating “geek chic.” Guests included Chase Smith from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ office, Winter Park City Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel, Dick Harkey from Represenative John Mica’s office, Susan Fernandez from Senator Marco Rubio’s office, Cindy Brown from Representative Daniel Webster’s Office, David Odahowski from Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Flora Maria Garcia from United Arts of Central Florida, and Dr. Ann Manley from Dr. Phillips Charities.

Photos courtesy of RF Photography and Jaffy Escarcha.

 


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Thinking back to high school geometry, did you ever think you might calculate the hypotenuse of a triangle in your adult life? Or apply the principles of acceleration learned in physics class?

For aviators, understanding math and physics is a must for reviewing flight plans and calculating fuel usage. Students, however, often don't see a correlation between math and science and their life experiences. Like generations before, they find themselves questioning when they will ever use the lessons taught in school.

What kids do understand is technology. 

When it comes to technology in education, there is an enormous amount of evidence that indicates immersive, game-based learning environments foster deeper learning and provide opportunities to develop and exercise collaborative skills.

It’s all a matter of harnessing gaming power for an academic purpose. Lockheed Martin is working to combine technology and learning for professionals and students through its Prepar3D® simulation software. It’s one conduit to help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.

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Check out the new 30 second spot for Otronicon 2013! It has lots of your old favorites and plenty of new things as well. Don't miss all the exciting new experiences this year!


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The seventh annual Otronicon is winding down! We’ve assembled some of the best photos from the event, including looks at flight simulators in Military Tech sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the da Vinci Surgical Robot in Medical Sim City sponsored by Florida Hospital for Children and virtual reality courtesy of the Virtusphere.

If you weren’t able to join us for Otronicon, there’s always next year! Keep it on Otronicon.org for the latest news and updates. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/otronicon and follow us on Twitter @otronicon.

Photos courtesy of Micheal van Gelder, RF Photography, and Jeff Stanford.


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Otronicon is still going strong - Don't miss the last day, Monday January 16! Now in its seventh year, multiple industry partners join the Science Center to celebrate the role interactive technology plays in the way we live, learn, work and play. Key events for Sunday included:

Florida Hospital hosted Medical Sim City with demonstrations that included the innovative da Vinci surgical robot along with patient simulators, echocardiograms and a virtual autopsy.

Lockheed Martin hosted the military simulation area featuring cutting-edge flight simulators, driving simulators, student-built robots and other great military displays. Other partners presented virtual marksmanship trainers and show how they use simulations to keep our soldiers and pilots safe.

Guests participated in game design workshops overseen by Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy and others. Plus, checked out game development panels that gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse at every aspect of the production of some favorite video game titles.

Guests also took in robot demonstrations from Lockheed Martin’s First Robotics Team, navigated a robot through a maze courtesy of RDECOM or piloted an underwater robot thanks to Sea Perch.

Photos courtesy of RF Photography.


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There was plenty to do on day 3 of Otronicon 2012! Attendees were able to witness a presentation from Disney entitled Engineering the Magic, play outdoor laser tag provided by Battlefield Live Orlando and compete in a costume contest for the top prize of a $100 Best Buy gift card!

Remember – if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Otronicon, Monday is the last day!


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The seventh annual Otronicon is in full swing at the Orlando Science Center. Now in its seventh year, Otronicon promotes technology “made in Orlando, played in Orlando,” spotlighting Central Florida organizations creating games, simulators and jobs that are changing our high tech future.

Big activities for the weekend include outdoor laser tag courtesy of Battlefield Live Orlando (Saturday and Sunday only), digital art displays, Steve Jobs memorial, EA Sports Experience, presentations from engineers with Walt Disney World Resorts, virtual reality, laser shows, medical technology from Florida Hospital for Children and incredibly cool flight simulators from Lockheed Martin and our military partners. Otronicon runs through Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Micheal Van Gelder.


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