“You could control an avatar just by thinking about it and activating the correct areas in the brain.”
The project called Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-embodiment (VERE), is funded by the European Union and aim’s to build interfaces for virtual worlds allowing users to control avatars mentally.
Project VERE, is one of a number of other projects the AVL team is focusing on. The team is also interested in the closely related problem of telepresence in modern communications technology. Friedman explains the concept of teleprescence:
“Although we have phones, emails and video conferences – we still prefer a real meeting. The question is why? What is missing in mediated communication, and how can we develop technologies that will feel like a real meeting?”