SimDeck Simulators and Tweet Twins take Social Media down to the start line in the The Tweet Twins Formula GP

The Tweet Twins are racing this coming Thursday at the Kentucky race way and will bring alive the high speed world of motorsports in a virtual world as part of the business New Zealand Corporate Event Guide Expo.

Tweet Twins goes down to the track for some Social Media action

Tweet Twins goes down to the track for some Social Media action

There are few Kiwi’s who have not heard of Indy Hero Scott Dixon and his world championship status. Now The SimDeck open wheeler race car will allow visitors to the NZ Conference and Events Guide to have a taste of high speed action in the Formula Race Car / Simulator.

Visitors can gain a sense of the action of this Indy Oval racing at the Homestead track in Miami, Florida from this years final race in the Indy series.

The virtual trackside bill boards with Social Media sponsors have been installed and the Tweet Twins car has had the branding livery completed. During the Tweet Twins Formula GP experience drivers will be able to tweet their fastest lap performance into cyber space and be recorded for posterity.

During the weekend Tweet TV took a media crew down to the track to see some of the action. Pro Formula Sim Driver and Tweet Twin co-founder, Kevin Andreassend expects to see a range of performance and driver abilities. At the media press conference he was heard to say, “We have prepared a Formula BMW FB02 open wheeler with an average top speed of 200 kph, that should be enough to blur most drivers’ ability”. Vehicle Specifications – 1.2 litre inline 4 wheel drive, 140 bhp @ 8948 rpm, 255 kg net weight, 6 speed gear box.

Tweet Twins Formula BMW FB02 Team Race Car

Tweet Twins Formula BMW FB02 Team Race Car

Check out the racing news direct from the SimDeck Media Cente web site

Check out the racing news direct from the SimDeck Media Cente web site

Tweet Twin partners we will be talking to company owners how they can incorporate Social Media in their company growth plans. There are strong trends emerging in all sectors that show companies need to seriously consider their skills, abilities and online presence. The idea that being online means you have a web site is fast becoming outdated thinking as Social Media technologies and networks are facilitating new ways to engage with consumers, partners and the market as a whole.

Series driver and owner of Bryan Herta Motorsports takes viewers thru the Kentucky Oval.

8 Hour hands on workshop to put you on line today.

8 Hour hands on workshop to put you on line today.

Hands On Social Media Bootcamp Workshop ‘From Hands Up to Hands on’ – Gems for Twits

Don’t Miss Out! Limited Spaces! Book now!

Date: 3rd and 6th November 2009

Workshop Link

Your hands on Social Media workshop opportunity to prepares you for captivating an eager, listening audience using Social Media technology is here. This workshop is limited to ten available seats only per workshop. Book today!

Tweet Twins is running our next 8 hour Social Media Hands On 101 Social Media Workshop spread over 3rd and 6th November 09. 1pm – 5pm each day. This valuable session is perfectly timed to prepare you to implement your Social Media activities for 2010.

Click here to register for our November Social Media 101 “From Hands Up to Hands On” Workshop.

Posted by Kevin Andreassend, SimDeck Founder

Is it possible to be sentenced to prison if you crash in a simulator?

The answer to the above question may seem obvious. However imagine this scenario, you are are playing in one of the many car racing games and your lack of driving skill or another driver causes a fatal crash between the two cars. Wheels go flying, one car goes flying thru the air and lands on its roof, the drivers head is crushed, pulse is gone and the driver died almost instantly. His race career is over and now there is a vacancy in the race team. On replay it is obvious to see the guilty party. At stake the winner would have gone onto win a month race series. A scene examination later reveals that driver A had been drinking before racing in his home before logging on to race Driver B.

The came car around the corner at about 170 kph, the faulty brakes suddenly kicked in, the vehicle clicked the wall and suddenly became airborne

The car came around the corner at about 170 kph, the faulty brakes suddenly kicked in, the vehicle clicked the wall and suddenly became airborne

Now step out of the virtual world for a minute. Both drivers involved in the smash are actually known to each, once they had been friends but now there is real life bad blood between the two. Driver B had stolen Driver A’s girl friend months earlier. In the days before the race driver A hacked into driver B’s online car and messed around with the cars steering and brakes in the software. He knew this would cause a life threatening accident in the virtual world. He had spotted the access code on his old girl freinds cell phone.

Sound crazy, far fetched, who would do this, so what! Well the next real ife story currently before the courts (a real one where Policman hand cuff you and you have porridge only) will show you the scenarios played out in virtual worlds Like Second life or like the Matrix film can have very real life consequences.

The moral of the story. The virtual Policeman might walk out of the screen and through your front door with a set of handcuffs at the ready.

Woman jailed after killing virtual husband
8:16AM Friday Oct 24, 2008
Mari Yamaguchi

A woman who killed her virtual husband in an online game similar to Second Life has been jailed in Japan.

TOKYO – A 43-year-old player in a virtual game world became so angry about her sudden divorce from her online husband that she logged on with his password and killed his digital persona, police said.

The woman, who has been jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his ID and password to log onto the popular interactive game “Maple Story” to carry out the virtual murder in May, a police official in the northern city of Sapporo said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of department policy.

“I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry,” the official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations.

The woman, a piano teacher, had not plotted any revenge in the real world, the official said.

She has not yet been formally charged. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison or a fine up to US$5,000.

Players in “Maple Story” create and manipulate digital images called “avatars” that represent themselves, while engaging in relationships, social activities and fighting monsters and other obstacles.

In virtual worlds, players often abandon their inhibitions, engaging in activity online that they would never do in the real world. For instance, sex with strangers is a common activity.

The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married to kill the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his online avatar was dead.

The woman was arrested and taken 1000km from her home in southern Miyazaki to be detained in Sapporo, where the man lives, the official said.

The police official said he did not know if she was married in the real world.

Bad online behaviour is usually handled within the rules set up by online worlds, which can ban miscreants or take away their virtual possessions.

In recent years, virtual lives have had consequences in the real world.

When bad deeds lead to criminal charges, prosecutors have found a real-world activity to cite – as in this case, in which the woman was charged with inappropriate computer access.

In August, a woman was charged in the US state of Delaware with plotting the real-life abduction of a boyfriend she met through the virtual reality website “Second Life.”

In Tokyo, a 16-year-old boy was charged with stealing the ID and password from a fellow player of an online game in order to swindle virtual currency worth US$360,000.

Virtual games are popular in Japan, and “Second Life” has drawn a fair number of Japanese participants. They rank third by nationality among users, after Americans and Brazilians.

– AP

The smell of burning rubber and roar of the engine!

The unique sound of Formula One.
A BAR backfires when braking down before Ascari at Monza (1999)

Welcome to the high octane virtual world of Simdeck Simulators and Principal Driver Kevin Andreassend.

Who is SimDeck and what is a professional simulation race car driver? Two tightly interwinded questions that are a reflection of the growing number of companies that blur virtual and real world technologies that has only become possible in recent years without having to resort to top secret military budgets and technologies.

SimDeck Simulators is the brain child of New Zealand based technology entreprenuer Kevin Andreassend and is currently a trading division of his ICE AV Technology Ltd company The core focus of SimDeck Simulators is to bring to market a range of high tech virtual reality platforms for training, entertainment, team building, corporate activities and private use.  The first platform bought to market is the open cockpit Formula styled race car. It is available in a variety of models including Replica Formula One Models, Two seater rally, and the PET250 open cockpit. Future platforms will include two military aviation platforms that will allow pilots to take to the skies to do some “business”.

Aerial views of two Simdeck Cars.

Aerial views of two Simdeck Cars.

Building race car/simulators has allowed Principal Driver, Kevin Andreassend to establish a new career option as a Formula Race Car Sim Driver. “Having ones own race car manufacturing company allows me to indulge in what some might perceive to be the ultimate job of simulation driving, high speed action and turning this into a profitable business with a strong international focus”.

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