1993 VR Conference Proceedings

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Closing Remarks

Walter Greenleaf
President, Greenleaf Medical Systems, Inc.
and Conference Chairperson

I think this has been a very successful conference. Dr. Murphy and his fine staff are to congratulated. Congratulations are also in order for those who exhibited, presented papers, and attended the many exciting sessions. I jotted down a few observations of the conference and I would like to share these with you.

First, I saw a dialogue that got down to brass tacks. For the most part you were talking about this technology and its application to people with disabilities NOW, not ten or fifteen years from now.

Dr. Murphy indicated in his opening address that the real power of the conference was the conversations in the hallways, the shop talk over coffee, and the exchange of business cards. I saw this happening. A very diverse group of people got together over the past two days. I met people from the academic community, the clinical and research communities, consumers, and people from the medical field. Healthy dialogues were had by all.

We saw John Trimble of Prairie Virtual Systems receive an award last night for a product that is on the market NOW that insures that are no barriers in buildings. I also saw some technology in the exhibit room that can be used right now to help people with disabilities.

I now have a gift for Harry Murphy. This is a baton. I am returning the baton that Harry gave me figuratively in a literal sense. After all this is a virtual reality conference. The baton rightfully goes back to Harry.

I understand that Ben Delany of CyberEdge Journal will be chairing next year's conference. I don't know if Ben is in the room, but approximately one year from now, Harry is going to turn this baton over to Ben. But for the rest of the year Harry has it. And I think we owe him a great deal of thanks.

In closing, I encourage everybody to continue to communicate with the people you have met at this conference. See you next year.

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