Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering

Virtual Reality Technology and Applications

Authors: Mihelj, Matjaž, Novak, Domen, Beguš, Samo

  • 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
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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.

About the authors

Matjaz Mihelj graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1996. In October 1997 he became a research staff member and in October 1998 a teaching assistant for robotic courses in the Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering and Robotics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana. He received M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in biomedical engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana in 1999 and 2002, respectively. For his diploma thesis he was awarded by the Slovenian Ministry of Science and Technology and ISKRA Holding with the Bedjani award. In 2001 he was a visiting researcher at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. From May 2005 till April 2006 he spent one year as a visiting researcher at the Automatic Control Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). The research on the rehabilitation robotics performed at ETH Zurich was awarded with the Swiss Technology Award. Since 2009 he has been affiliated as an associate professor. He gives fifth year control system lectures on the man/machine interaction topic with the main focus on multimodal systems based on haptic devices. His current research interests are in man/machine interaction, haptic interfaces as well as modeling and control of biological systems with the main focus on restoration of lost functions in people with disabilities. Dr. Mihelj is a member of IFMBE and IFESS. Janez Podobnik received the B.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2004 and 2009, respectively. He was born in 1980 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He attended Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he obtained the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2004. His B.Sc. thesis covered stability of haptic interface. He received a Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana in 2009. He is currently a teaching assistant in the Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering and Robotics, at the same faculty. His research interests include various applications of haptic interface.

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“Virtual Reality Technology and Applications is a fascinating book about virtual reality. It includes both primary and professional information for understanding current technologies and trends for creating VR environments. … This book is a good primer for learning about practical and theoretical aspects of virtual reality. … I highly recommend this book if you are beginning a VR career or need to learn about VR.” (Jeff Thurston, 3dvisworld.com, April, 2014)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction to Virtual Reality

    Mihelj, Matjaž (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Degrees of Freedom, Pose, Displacement and Perspective

    Mihelj, Matjaž (et al.)

    Pages 17-34

  • Dynamic Model of a Virtual Environment

    Mihelj, Matjaž (et al.)

    Pages 35-51

  • Tracking the User and Environment

    Mihelj, Matjaž (et al.)

    Pages 53-95

  • Visual Modality in Virtual Reality

    Mihelj, Matjaž (et al.)

    Pages 97-130

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eBook $99.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-6909-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
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Rent the ebook  
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Virtual Reality Technology and Applications
Authors
Series Title
Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering
Series Volume
68
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6910-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6910-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6909-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0036-6
Series ISSN
2213-8986
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 231
Number of Illustrations and Tables
134 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
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