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Virtual Reality Technology and Applications

Mihelj, Matjaz, Novak, Domen, Beguš, Samo

2014, X, 231 p. 169 illus., 35 illus. in color.

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  • Presents the main technological and design aspects of virtual reality in a concise form
  • Provides theoretical background for all sensing and feedback modalities of virtual reality systems (including kinematics and dynamics of virtual environments)
  • Theoretical and practical aspects are illustrated with more than 170 detailed figures explaining basic principles

As virtual reality expands from the imaginary worlds of science fiction and pervades every corner of everyday life, it is becoming increasingly important for students and professionals alike to understand the diverse aspects of this technology. This book aims to provide a comprehensive guide to the theoretical and practical elements of virtual reality, from the mathematical and technological foundations of virtual worlds to the human factors and the applications that enrich our lives: in the fields of medicine, entertainment, education and others.
After providing a brief introduction to the topic, the book describes the kinematic and dynamic mathematical models of virtual worlds. It explores the many ways a computer can track and interpret human movement, then progresses through the modalities that make up a virtual world: visual, acoustic and haptic. It explores the interaction between the actual and virtual environments, as well as design principles of the latter. The book closes with an examination of different applications, focusing on augmented reality as a special case. Though the content is primarily VR-related, it is also relevant for many other fields.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Augmented Reality - Computer Graphics - Haptics - Human Motion Tracking - Virtual Reality

Related subjects » Database Management & Information Retrieval - Electronics & Electrical Engineering - Image Processing - Mechanical Engineering

Table of contents 


1 Introduction to virtual reality

2 Degrees of freedom, pose, displacement and perspective

3 Dynamic model of a virtual environment

4 Tracking the user and environment

5 Visual modality in virtual reality

6 Acoustic Modality in Virtual Reality

7 Haptic modality in virtual reality

8 Augmented reality

9 Interaction with a virtual environment

10 Design of a multimodal virtual environment


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