INF103: Computer Literacy
Instructor: Jelena Vucetic
April 10, 2012
Stepping out of Reality and Stepping into a Second life
Virtual reality over the past few years has become a repository for our culture to explore and experience our world in a different way. The concept was developed to expand our physical and sensory powers. VR is computer-generated simulation in which users can enter, interact, and immersed another environment. Thanks to modern technologies the possibilities are endless when it comes to virtual reality. In this paper I will explain what virtual reality is, then I will discuss the uses of virtual reality how it affect us, the systems used to make virtual reality possible, and the future of VR. Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment. In 1950 Morton Heiling was named the father of Virtual Reality he invented the Sensorama Machine in 1957. “It is a simulator for one to four people that provides the illusion of reality using a 3-D motion picture with smell, stereo sound, vibrations of the seat, and wind in the hair to create the illusion.” The concept of VR is based on the human desire to escape the boundaries of real life. The simulation displays a 3-D artificial world that allows the user to be interactively in a virtual environment that mimics the real world by using two of the five senses sight and sound. Three-dimensional images can seem like life sized from the perspective of the user. The objective is to manipulate objects and exploring this VR world while feeling as though it’s real. There have been a dozens of devices and application that have been designed to achieve this goal. In this computer-generated imaginary environment the user can move around builds, go on adventures, and manipulate objects. The uses of Virtual Reality are endless technology has been...
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