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Virtual reality : simulating and enhancing the world with computers
Grady, Sean M.
Adult Nonfiction QA76.9.H85 G7195 2003

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ContentsPage
Acknowledgmentsp. X
Introductionp. XI
1 - A Quick Tour of VRp. 1
Adapting Computers to Usersp. 2
VR Basicsp. 4
Augmented Realityp. 6
Where the Virtual Worlds Arep. 7
2 - Creating Practical Computersp. 9
Starting on the Path to Computersp. 10
Faster Calculators for Sciencep. 13
New Designs for Computersp. 15
3 - Developing Better Interfacesp. 18
A SAGE Approach to National Defensep. 19
Sketching the Future of Computingp. 21
Building a New Form of Computingp. 23
An Easier Human-Computer Interfacep. 24
4 - Precursors to VRp. 26
Reality to Gop. 27
Immersing the Audiencep. 28
Entertaining the Sensesp. 29
Simulating Flightp. 31
5 - A New View of Datap. 34
The Ultimate Displayp. 34
Forging the Sword of Damoclesp. 36
Computer Data that Can Be Touchedp. 38
Putting People in Artificial Realitiesp. 40
6 - A New Course for Indoor Flight Trainingp. 42
An Overwhelming Interfacep. 43
"Darth Vader" in the Cockpitp. 45
7 - Mimicking Realityp. 50
Remaking Reality at NRSAp. 52
A New View of Computer Datap. 54
Naming the New Wave of Computingp. 56
8 - Reality Simulators: Supercomputers to PCsp. 58
Putting Reality in a Boxp. 59
Levels of Reality Enginesp. 60
Inside a Reality Simulatorp. 62
Reality Simulation Across the Internetp. 65
9 - Graphics: Polygons and Perspectivesp. 68
The Starting Point for Computer Graphicsp. 69
Making a Virtual Scene Come "Alive"p. 72
Coordinating Virtual Worldsp. 76
10 - Displays: Looking and Listening in VRp. 78
Virtual Visualizationp. 79
"Sunglasses" for the VR Worldp. 81
Stereoscopic Displays for the Bare Eyep. 84
Three-dimensional Soundp. 84
11 - Manipulators: Gloves, Wands, and Trackersp. 88
Touching Objects in Thin Airp. 89
Keeping Track of Where You Arep. 94
12 - The Larger View: CAVEs, Walls, and Desksp. 99
Computing in a CAVEp. 100
Desktop Displaysp. 102
Artificial Realityp. 104
Augmented Realityp. 106
13 - VR as a Research Toolp. 108
Blowing in the [Virtual] Windp. 110
Force-feedback Soccer in the Microscopic Worldp. 111
Running Experiments in Virtual Labsp. 115
Re-forming Dinosaurs Through Scientific Visualizationp. 119
14 - VR as a Training Toolp. 121
Virtual Reality in the Militaryp. 122
A Wide DIStribution of Military VRp. 124
To the Sea In Simulated Shipsp. 126
Cruising Around Virtual Streetsp. 128
Virtual Industrial Trainingp. 131
15 - VR as a Teaching Toolp. 133
Classroom Virtual Realityp. 134
VR on Campusp. 136
Preserving the Past with VRp. 137
16 - VR as a Design Toolp. 141
Speeding Up Vehicle Designp. 142
Virtual Architecturep. 144
Detecting Design Flaws with Virtual Realityp. 147
A Virtually Guaranteed Presentationp. 149
Buildings for a Virtual Worldp. 150
Comfort and Convenience, Courtesy of VRp. 151
17 - VR as a Healing Toolp. 153
Surgical Simulationsp. 154
Virtual Operating Roomsp. 157
Physical Therapy in a Virtual Worldp. 158
Feeling Virtually No Painp. 161
18 - Developing VR as a Businessp. 163
VR Enters the Business Worldp. 164
Cyberhype: Mistaking Possibilities for Predictionsp. 167
The VR Market Todayp. 170
19 - Drawbacks to VRp. 173
Cyberspace Sicknessp. 174
Decompressing from VRp. 177
The Human Factorp. 179
20 - Virtual Philosophyp. 181
Is VR Following the Right Path?p. 182
What Really Is Virtual Reality?p. 185
Virtual Reality's Imagep. 187
21 - VR's Futurep. 190
Thawing VR's Winterp. 191
The Best of Both Worlds?p. 193
Closing In on the "Ultimate Display"p. 195
A Final Notep. 196
Appendixes
Glossaryp. 197
Further Readingp. 206
World Wide Web Sitesp. 212
Indexp. 215


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