Virtual and Augmented Reality

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    Virtual reality (VR) typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate the realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment (or create an imaginary setting), and simulate a user’s physical presence in this environment. VR has been defined as “…a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body”[1][2] or as an “immersive, interactive experience generated by a computer”.A person using virtual reality equipment is typically able to “look around” the artificial world, move about in it and interact with features or items that are depicted on a screen or in goggles. Most 2016-era virtual realities are displayed either on a computer monitor, a projector screen, or with a virtual reality headset (also called head-mounted display or HMD). HMDs typically take the form of head-mounted goggles with a screen in front of the eyes. Programs may include audio and sounds through speakers or headphones.

    Advanced haptic systems in the 2010s may include tactile information, generally known as force feedback in medical, video gaming and military training applications. Some VR systems used in video games can transmit vibrations and other sensations to the user via the game controller. Virtual reality also refers to remote communication environments which provide a virtual presence of users with through telepresence and telexistence or the use of a virtual artifact (VA). The immersive environment can be similar to the real world in order to create a lifelike experience or it can differ significantly from reality where gamers can use fictional powers.

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    Carmack Details New 5K Mobile VR Playback Tech, Releases Sample for Developers

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    E3 2018 Roundup – Sony’s Positioning of VR, New PSVR Titles Hands-on, Ready at Dawn Interview & More

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    Hands-on: ‘Beat Saber’ on PSVR Makes a Promising Debut at E3

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    Ready at Dawn CEO on ‘Echo Combat’, Growing the ‘Echo’ Universe, & the Studio’s Commitment to VR

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    E3 2018 Pre-show Roundup – ‘Beat Saber’ on PSVR, Xbox Mum on VR, New Game Announcements & More

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    ‘Budget Cuts’ Release Date Confirmed for Tomorrow After Previous Delay

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    Hands-on: ‘Trover Saves the Universe’ Subverts Action-Platformer Genre to Hilarious (and Bizarre) Effect

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    Xbox Boasts Investment in Future Tech, But Still Silent on VR After Backpedaling

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    Exclusive: Validating an Experimental Shortcut Interface with Flaming Arrows & Paper Planes

    Last time, we detailed our initial explorations of single-handed shortcuts systems. After some experimentation, we converged on a palm-up pinch ... Read More

    ‘Echo Combat’ Free Open Beta to Launch This Month, Full Release to Cost $10

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    To the Dismay of Its Audience, Magic Leap Livestream Dodges Key Questions

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    Apple Joins the Impending Avatar Wars With Memoji

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    Oculus Go to Hit UK & European Retailers This Month, Pre-orders Now Available

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