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Developing Virtual Reality Applications

Foundations of Effective Design

Virtual Reality systems enable organizations to cut costs and time, maintain financial and organizational control over the development process, digitally evaluate products before having them created, and allow for greater creative exploration. In this book, VR developers Alan Craig, William Sherman, and Jeffrey Will examine a comprehensive collection of current,unique, and foundational VR applications in a multitude of fields, such as business, science, medicine, art, entertainment, and public safety among others.

An insider’s view of what works, what doesn’t work, and why, Developing Virtual Reality Applications explores core technical information and background theory as well as the evolution of key applications from their genesis to their most current form. Developmental techniques are cross-referenced between different applications linking information to describe overall VR trends and fundamental best practices. This synergy, coupled with the most up to date research being conducted, provides a hands-on guide for building applications, and an enhanced, panoramic view of VR development. Developing Virtual Reality Applications is an indispensable one-stop reference for anyone working in this burgeoning field.

Professionals and researchers in Virtual Reality, including hardware and software developers and engineers. Practitioners concerned with modeling and visualization as well as managers in industry that are looking for and evaluating enabling technologies

Hardbound, 448 Pages

Published: July 2009

Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 978-0-12-374943-7


  • CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Virtual Reality
    1.1 What is virtual reality?
    1.2 The beginnings of VR
    1.2.1 Morton Heilig’s Sensorama
    1.2.2 Ivan Sutherland’s vision for computer-based virtual reality
    1.2.3 Myron Krueger’s videoplace
    1.2.4 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    1.2.5 Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago
    1.3 VR paradigms
    1.4 Collaboration
    1.5 Virtual reality systems
    1.5.1 Hardware
    1.5.2 Software
    1.6 Representation
    1.7 User interaction
    1.7.1 Interaction Techniques
    1.7.2 Making selections
    1.7.3 Manipulating the virtual world
    1.7.4 Navigation

    CHAPTER 2 Applying Virtual Reality
    2.1 Virtual reality: the medium
    2.2 Form and genre
    2.3 What makes an application a good candidate for VR
    2.4 Promising application fields
    2.4.1 Virtual prototyping
    2.4.2 Architectural walkthroughs
    2.4.3 Visualization
    2.4.4 Training
    2.4.5 Entertainment
    2.4.6 Other application genres
    2.5 Demonstrated benefits of virtual reality
    2.6 More recent trends in virtual reality application development
    2.6.1 Converting extant applications to virtual reality without having access to the application code
    2.6.2 Developing virtual reality applications with game engines
    2.6.3 Low-cost input devices
    2.6.4 Cluster-based compute engines and high-performance graphics acceleration
    2.6.5 Passive stereo displays
    2.6.6 Augmented reality and handheld devices
    2.6.7 Wireless interaction and optical tracking
    2.6.8 More senses
    2.6.9 Multiperson virtual and augmented reality
    2.6.10 Tiled displays
    2.6.11 Head-based projection
    2.6.12 Tele-immersion
    2.7 A framework for VR application development
    About the applications in this book

    CHAPTER 3 Business and Manufacturing
    3.1 Areas of application
    3.1.1 Product development
    3.1.2 Business education
    3.1.3 Marketing
    3.2 Other and future usage of VR in business and manufacturing

    CHAPTER 4 Science Applications
    4.1 Areas of application
    4.1.1 Exploration
    4.1.2 Physical system simulation and interaction
    4.1.3 Areas of application in science

    CHAPTER 5 Medical Applications
    5.1 Areas of application

    CHAPTER 6 Education Applications
    6.1 Areas of application
    6.2 Other and future uses

    CHAPTER 7 Public Safety and Military Applications
    7.1 Areas of application
    7.1.1 Equipment operation training

    CHAPTER 8 Art
    8.1 Areas of application
    8.1.1 Design and sketching
    8.1.2 Exploration of the medium
    8.1.3 Empathetic experiences
    8.1.4 Exploration of the human condition
    8.1.5 Other and future usage of VR in art

    CHAPTER 9 Entertainment Applications
    9.1 Areas of application
    9.1.1 Games
    9.1.2 Interactive fiction
    9.1.3 Creative expression
    9.1.4 Entertainment production

    CHAPTER 10 Putting It All Together
    10.1 Executive summary
    10.2 Introduction
    10.3 The database fields
    10.4 Finding applications with specific characteristics
    10.4.1 Showing all the characteristics of a specific application
    10.4.2 Application taxonomies


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