Virtual Reality

COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY UPDATE, 6th Ed., p. 176, A. Grant, ed., Focal Press, 1997

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Frank Biocca

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rita M. Lauria

Metalaw®.US an Alliance of Metalaw®; Univeristy of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Media Interface & Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs

Mark McCarthy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) is not defined by a particular technology, but rather by user experience. VR is a cluster of interactive technologies and techniques that give users a compelling sensation of presence, of being inside a circumambient environment created by a computer. The development of the technology is influenced by a simple but powerful idea about how to best present information: Designers reason if the human senses have evolved to interact with the physical world, then information will be easier to perceive and understand if it simulates the perceptual properties of the physical world. Virtual reality designers hope to create the ultimate, natural interface - one that will augment human training, performance, and intelligence. while VR has great promise as a training tool, many in the film, amusement park, and game industry see it as the "future of fun,' a powerful medium to deliver new, interactive, eye-popping, and bone-jarring entertainment.

Keywords: Virtual Reality, VR, interface design, interactive technologies, intuitive interface, interaction, natural interface, human training, intelligence augmentation, gaming, future of fun

Suggested Citation

Biocca, Frank and Lauria, Rita M. and McCarthy, Mark, Virtual Reality (1997). COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY UPDATE, 6th Ed., p. 176, A. Grant, ed., Focal Press, 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1872242

Frank Biocca

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Rita M. Lauria (Contact Author)

Metalaw®.US an Alliance of Metalaw® ( email )

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Univeristy of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

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Media Interface & Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs

Syracruse University
Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracruse, NY 13244
United States

Mark McCarthy

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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