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Korean Embassy delegation visits Systems Engineering

Release Date 06 September 2005

A man in the CaveState-of-the-art technology which can help the lives of people with disabilities will be on display when a delegation from the Korean Embassy visits the School of Systems Engineering at the University of Reading on Thursday 8 September. There will be live demonstrations of some of the many significant developments that have taken place at Reading. For example, there will be a showcasing of 'the Cave' – a walk in, high-resolution 3D video and audio facility which immerses users in a completely realistic, interactive, virtual environment. 'Haptics technology', which allows users to feel as well as see virtual objects on a computer, will also be on display, and there will be a demonstration of a 'torch for the blind'. This is held as any other torch but will alert blind or partially sighted people to the proximity of objects, acting as a replacement for a white stick. The Korean delegation all have an interest in disability and the possible role of computer technology in aiding rehabilitation. Members of the delegation include Sang-Chul Lee, President of the Korean Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disability, Professor Geun-Min Lee of the Department of Rehabilitative Engineering at Daegu University, and Myung-Hwa Yoo, Secretary General of the Korean Society for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disability. Members of the media are invited to the event, but must confirm attendance with Professor Kevin Warwick. Tel: 0118 378 8210 Email: k.warwick@reading.ac.uk End

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