Open Questions: Virtual Reality

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Introduction

Tele-immersion

Virtual reality


Recommended references: Web sites

Recommended references: Magazine/journal articles

Recommended references: Books

Introduction



Recommended references: Web sites

Site indexes

Galaxy: Virtual Reality
Categorized site directory. Entries usually include descriptive annotations.

Sites with general resources

KurzweilAI
Web site of Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading contemporary inventors (music synthesis, optical character recognition, speech recognition). Here you will find Kurzweil's vision of the future. Meet his alter ego Ramona. There are also many essays on the future by a variety of other "Big Thinkers".
Introducing Virtual Environments
Excellent multimedia site created by the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA). Describes history, technology, applications, and frontiers of virtual reality.
National Tele-immersion Web site
Tele-immersion at Brown University
Tele-immersion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tele-immersion at the University of Pennsylvania
Tele-immersion site at Internet2

Surveys, overviews, tutorials

Virtual reality
Article from Wikipedia.
A 360-Degree Virtual Reality Chamber Brings Researchers Face to Face with Their Data
September 2009 Scientific American article. "Scientists can climb inside the University of California, Santa Barbara's three-story-high AlloSphere for a life-size interaction with their research."


Recommended references: Magazine/journal articles

Deep Vision
Peter Weiss
Science News, June 1, 2002, pp. 344-345
A virtual reality system called CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) creates the illusion of a 3-dimensional reality on the walls of a room in which many people can share the same experience without having to wear special equipment.
Virtually There
Jaron Lanier
Scientific American, April 2001, pp. 66-75
Tele-immersion is designed to be an improvement on video conferencing that corrects some of the current shortcomings of that technology.


Recommended references: Books

Michael Heim -- Virtual Realism
Oxford University Press, 1998
Heim is a philosoher who has written on virtual reality for some time. In the first half of this book he gives a tour of the state of the art of virtual reality, and then moves on in the second half to seek some resolution of the dispute over whether "virtual reality" is a promising new use of computer technology or an abuse of it.

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