Understanding Virtual Reality - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128009659

Understanding Virtual Reality

2nd Edition

Interface, Application, and Design

Authors: William R. Sherman Alan B. Craig
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128009659
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 1st November 2018
Page Count: 890
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Virtual Reality
2. VR. The Medium

3. Interface to the Virtual World-Input user Monitoring (User Input to the Virtual World)
4. Interface to the Virtual World-Output
5. Rendering a Virtual World 
6. Interacting with the Virtual World
7. The Virtual Reality Experience
8. Experience Design. Applying VR to a Problem
9. The Future of Virtual Reality


Understanding Virtual Reality: Interface, Application, and Design, Second Edition, arrives at a time when the technologies behind virtual reality have advanced dramatically in their development and deployment, providing meaningful and productive virtual reality applications. The aim of this book is to help users take advantage of ways they can identify and prepare for the applications of VR in their field, whatever it may be. The included information counters both exaggerated claims for VR, citing dozens of real-world examples.

By approaching VR as a communications medium, the authors have created a resource that will remain relevant even as the underlying technologies evolve. You get a history of VR, along with a good look at systems currently in use. However, the focus remains squarely on the application of VR and the many issues that arise in application design and implementation, including hardware requirements, system integration, interaction techniques and usability.

Key Features

  • Features substantive, illuminating coverage designed for technical or business readers and the classroom
  • Examines VR's constituent technologies, drawn from visualization, representation, graphics, human-computer interaction and other fields
  • Provides (via a companion website) additional case studies, tutorials, instructional materials and a link to an open-source VR programming system
  • Includes updated perception material and new sections on game engines, optical tracking, VR visual interface software and a new glossary with pictures


Advanced undergraduates and graduate students studying virtual reality in a variety of disciplines, including computer science, engineering, medicine, etc.; Professionals interested in Virtual Reality from such fields as computer graphics, engineering, science, education, and art


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About the Authors

William R. Sherman Author

William R. Sherman is Interim Director of the Environmental Modeling and Visualization Lab at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. Previously he lead the virtual reality effort at the National Center for Super- computing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored several book chapters and papers on the topics of scientific visualization and virtual reality and has taught a graduate-level course on VR at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical Director, Center for Advanced Visualization, Computation and Modeling, Desert Research Institute, USA

Alan B. Craig Author

Dr Alan B. Craig is the Senior Associate Director for Human-Computer Interaction at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (I-CHASS) and a Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He is also the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science sSpecialist for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). His work centers on the continuum between the physical and the digital. He has done extensive work in virtual reality, augmented reality, and personal fabrication, as well as educational applications of data mining, visualization, and collaborative systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Associate Director, Associate Director for Human Computer Interaction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA