Developing Virtual Reality Applications

Foundations of Effective Design

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Author: Alan B. Craig,William R. Sherman,Jeffrey D. Will

Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 9780080959085

Category: Computers

Page: 448

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Virtual Reality systems enable organizations to cut costs and time, maintain financial and organizational control over the development process, digitally evaluate products before having them created, and allow for greater creative exploration. In this book, VR developers Alan Craig, William Sherman, and Jeffrey Will examine a comprehensive collection of current,unique, and foundational VR applications in a multitude of fields, such as business, science, medicine, art, entertainment, and public safety among others. An insider’s view of what works, what doesn’t work, and why, Developing Virtual Reality Applications explores core technical information and background theory as well as the evolution of key applications from their genesis to their most current form. Developmental techniques are cross-referenced between different applications linking information to describe overall VR trends and fundamental best practices. This synergy, coupled with the most up to date research being conducted, provides a hands-on guide for building applications, and an enhanced, panoramic view of VR development. Developing Virtual Reality Applications is an indispensable one-stop reference for anyone working in this burgeoning field. Dozens of detailed application descriptions provide practical ideas for VR development in ALL areas of interest! Development techniques are cross referenced between different application areas, providing fundamental best practices!

Understanding Virtual Reality

Interface, Application, and Design

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Author: William R. Sherman,Alan B. Craig

Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 012801038X

Category: Computers

Page: 938

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Understanding Virtual Reality: Interface, Application, and Design, Second Edition, arrives at a time when the technologies behind virtual reality have advanced dramatically in their development and deployment, providing meaningful and productive virtual reality applications. The aim of this book is to help users take advantage of ways they can identify and prepare for the applications of VR in their field, whatever it may be. The included information counters both exaggerated claims for VR, citing dozens of real-world examples. By approaching VR as a communications medium, the authors have created a resource that will remain relevant even as the underlying technologies evolve. You get a history of VR, along with a good look at systems currently in use. However, the focus remains squarely on the application of VR and the many issues that arise in application design and implementation, including hardware requirements, system integration, interaction techniques and usability. Features substantive, illuminating coverage designed for technical or business readers and the classroom Examines VR's constituent technologies, drawn from visualization, representation, graphics, human-computer interaction and other fields Provides (via a companion website) additional case studies, tutorials, instructional materials and a link to an open-source VR programming system Includes updated perception material and new sections on game engines, optical tracking, VR visual interface software and a new glossary with pictures

Understanding Augmented Reality

Concepts and Applications

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Author: Alan B. Craig

Publisher: Newnes

ISBN: 0240824105

Category: Computers

Page: 296

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Understanding Augmented Reality addresses the elements that are required to create augmented reality experiences. The technology that supports augmented reality will come and go, evolve and change. The underlying principles for creating exciting, useful augmented reality experiences are timeless. Augmented reality designed from a purely technological perspective will lead to an AR experience that is novel and fun for one-time consumption - but is no more than a toy. Imagine a filmmaking book that discussed cameras and special effects software, but ignored cinematography and storytelling! In order to create compelling augmented reality experiences that stand the test of time and cause the participant in the AR experience to focus on the content of the experience - rather than the technology - one must consider how to maximally exploit the affordances of the medium. Understanding Augmented Reality addresses core conceptual issues regarding the medium of augmented reality as well as the technology required to support compelling augmented reality. By addressing AR as a medium at the conceptual level in addition to the technological level, the reader will learn to conceive of AR applications that are not limited by today’s technology. At the same time, ample examples are provided that show what is possible with current technology. Explore the different techniques, technologies and approaches used in developing AR applications Learn from the author's deep experience in virtual reality and augmented reality applications to succeed right off the bat, and avoid many of the traps that catch new developers and users of augmented reality experiences Some AR examples can be experienced from within the book using downloadable software

Learning Virtual Reality

Developing Immersive Experiences and Applications for Desktop, Web, and Mobile

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Author: Tony Parisi

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491922788

Category: Computers

Page: 172

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As virtual reality approaches mainstream consumer use, a vibrant development ecosystem has emerged in the past few years. This hands-on guide takes you through VR development essentials for desktop, mobile, and browser-based applications. You’ll explore the three go-to platforms—OculusVR, Gear VR, and Cardboard VR—as well as several VR development environments, programming tools, and techniques. If you’re an experienced programmer familiar with mobile development, this book will help you gain a working knowledge of VR development through clear and simple examples. Once you create a complete application in the final chapter, you’ll have a jumpstart on the next major entertainment medium. Learn VR basics for UI design, 3D graphics, and stereo rendering Explore Unity3D, the current development choice among game engines Create native applications for desktop computers with the Oculus Rift Develop mobile applications for Samsung’s Gear VR with the Android and Oculus Mobile SDKs Build browser-based applications with the WebVR Javascript API and WebGL Create simple and affordable mobile apps for any smartphone with Google’s Cardboard VR Bring everything together to build a 360-degree panoramic photo viewer

Unity Virtual Reality Projects

Learn Virtual Reality by developing more than 10 engaging projects with Unity 2018, 2nd Edition

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Author: Jonathan Linowes

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1788477189

Category: Computers

Page: 492

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Explore the latest features of Unity 2018 to create immersive VR projects for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Daydream and Gear VR Key Features A project-based guide to teach you how to develop immersive and fun VR applications using Unity 3D Build experiences with interactable objects, physics, UI, animations, C# scripting, and other Unity features Explore the world of VR by building experiences such as diorama, first-person characters, 360-degree projections, social VR, audio fireball game, and VR storytelling Book Description Unity has become the leading platform for building virtual reality games, applications, and experiences for this new generation of consumer VR devices. Unity Virtual Reality Projects walks you through a series of hands-on tutorials and in-depth discussions on using the Unity game engine to develop VR applications. With its practical and project-based approach, this book will get you up to speed with the specifics of VR development in Unity. You will learn how to use Unity to develop VR applications that can be experienced with devices such as Oculus, Daydream, and Vive. Among the many topics and projects, you will explore gaze-based versus hand-controller input, world space UI canvases, locomotion and teleportation, software design patterns, 360-degree media, timeline animation, and multiplayer networking. You will learn about the Unity 3D game engine via the interactive Unity Editor, and you will also learn about C# programming. By the end of the book, you will be fully equipped to develop rich, interactive VR experiences using Unity. What you will learn Create 3D scenes with Unity and other 3D tools while learning about world space and scale Build and run VR applications for specific headsets, including Oculus, Vive, and Daydream Interact with virtual objects using eye gaze, hand controllers, and user input events Move around your VR scenes using locomotion and teleportation Implement an audio fireball game using physics and particle systems Implement an art gallery tour with teleportation and data info Design and build a VR storytelling animation with a soundtrack and timelines Create social VR experiences with Unity networking Who this book is for If you're a non-programmer unfamiliar with 3D computer graphics, or experienced in both but new to virtual reality, and are interested in building your own VR games or applications, then this book is for you. Any experience in Unity is an advantage.

Production Methods

Behind the Scenes of Virtual Inhabited 3D Worlds

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Author: Kim H. Madsen,Lars Qvortrup

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1447100638

Category: Computers

Page: 271

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Kim Halskov Madsen Up until a few decades ago, business administration and science were the primary areas in which computers were applied, but terms like pervasive computing reflect that interactive computing power is becoming an embedded part of people's every day environment, not only office buildings and private homes but also art and cul At one of the frontiers of multimedia applications computers are used as tural events. part of experimental theatre, puppet theatre, musical performances, museums, entertainment, and learning. In some of these domains, people interact with the computers using a mouse, keyboard and a 17-inch monitor, but present-day inter faces take a variety of forms, including motion-capture technology and displays of up to several metres in height and width. The trend of applying computer technologies in the domain of art and culture has been one of the pivots of a Danish research project, Staging of Virtual Inhabited 3D Spaces. The results of the project are presented in a series of four volumes, of which this book is the last one. The three other publications are: Virtual Interaction: Interaction in Virtual Inhabited 3D Worlds; Virtual Space: The Spatiality of Virtual Inhabited 3D Worlds; and 3D Applications: Applications with Virtual Inhabited 3D Worlds.

Production Methods

Behind the Scenes of Virtual Inhabited 3d Worlds

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Author: Kim Halskov Madsen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781852336127

Category: Computers

Page: 271

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Kim Halskov Madsen Up until a few decades ago, business administration and science were the primary areas in which computers were applied, but terms like pervasive computing reflect that interactive computing power is becoming an embedded part of people's every­ day environment, not only office buildings and private homes but also art and cul­ At one of the frontiers of multimedia applications computers are used as tural events. part of experimental theatre, puppet theatre, musical performances, museums, entertainment, and learning. In some of these domains, people interact with the computers using a mouse, keyboard and a 17-inch monitor, but present-day inter­ faces take a variety of forms, including motion-capture technology and displays of up to several metres in height and width. The trend of applying computer technologies in the domain of art and culture has been one of the pivots of a Danish research project, Staging of Virtual Inhabited 3D Spaces. The results of the project are presented in a series of four volumes, of which this book is the last one. The three other publications are: Virtual Interaction: Interaction in Virtual Inhabited 3D Worlds; Virtual Space: The Spatiality of Virtual Inhabited 3D Worlds; and 3D Applications: Applications with Virtual Inhabited 3D Worlds.

Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality

7th International Conference, VAMR 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings

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Author: Randall Shumaker,Stephanie Lackey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331921067X

Category: Computers

Page: 546

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This volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, VAMR 2015, held as part of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2015, held in Los Angeles, CA, USA, in August 2015. The total of 1462 papers and 246 posters presented at the HCII 2015 conferences was carefully reviewed and selected from 4843 submissions. These papers address the latest research and development efforts and highlight the human aspects of design and use of computing systems. The papers thoroughly cover the entire field of human-computer interaction, addressing major advances in knowledge and effective use of computers in a variety of application areas. The 54 papers included in this volume are organized in the following topical sections: user experience in virtual and augmented environments; developing virtual and augmented environments; agents and robots in virtual environments; VR for learning and training; VR in Health and Culture; industrial and military applications.

Virtual Reality

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Author: IntroBooks

Publisher: IntroBooks

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 40

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There is no common definition for virtual reality. However, scientists have been able to discover common characteristics for virtual reality. It is a field of science that attempts to mimic the real world and it takes the end user beyond the scope of the flat monitor and immerses them into 3D visual world. Virtual reality gives the end user an immersive experience and stereo display, involving depth perception and two miniature screens. Over the years, it has gained popularity and has been involved in various human fields. This script is concerned with the different stages of development in virtual reality and takes a look at the historic aspect of things. We will also venture extensively into the various aspects of human lives that have been transformed via virtual reality, talking about the various applications of virtual reality in real life situation.

New Trends in Interaction, Virtual Reality and Modeling

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Author: Victor M.R. Penichet,Antonio Peñalver,José A. Gallud

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1447154452

Category: Computers

Page: 143

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The interaction between a user and a device forms the foundation of today’s application design. Covering the following topics: A suite of five structural principles helping designers to structure their mockups; An agile method for exploiting desktop eye tracker equipment in combination with mobile devices; An approach to explore large-scale collections based on classification systems; A framework based on the use of modeling and components composition techniques to simplify the development of organizational collaborative systems; A low-cost virtual reality system that provides highly satisfying virtual experiences; Popular hardware and software tools and technologies for developing augmented and virtual reality applications; An implementation to handle connectivity between virtual reality applications and SensAble® Technology Phantom Haptic Devices; The results of a research study implementing a teaching technological strategy to help Down syndrome children develop their reading skills; Platform independent models decreasing the level of cohesion between communication technologies and software for ubiquitous computing; A method for applying gamification as a tool to improve the participation and motivation of people in performing different tasks. New Trends in Interaction, Virtual Reality and Modeling collects the best research from Interacción 2012 and MexIHC 2012, and presents the state-of-the-art in human-computer interaction, user interfaces, user experience and virtual reality. Written by researchers from leading universities, research institutes and industry, this volume forms a valuable source of reference for researchers in HCI and VR.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications in Manufacturing

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Author: S.K. Ong,A.Y.C. Nee

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1447138732

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 388

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Written by experts from the world’s leading institutions in the field, this is the only book to cover virtual and augmented reality in manufacturing from a manufacturing perspective, rather than a computer science angle. It details applications of state-of-the-art technologies in real industrial situations.

Emerging Technologies of Augmented Reality: Interfaces and Design

Interfaces and Design

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Author: Haller, Michael

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1599040689

Category: Computers

Page: 414

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"This book provides a good grounding of the main concepts and terminology for Augmented Reality (AR), with an emphasis on practical AR techniques (from tracking-algorithms to design principles for AR interfaces). The targeted audience is computer-literate readers who wish to gain an initial understanding of this exciting and emerging technology"--Provided by publisher.

Augmented Reality for Android Application Development

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Author: Jens Grubert,Dr. Raphael Grasset

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1782168567

Category: Computers

Page: 134

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A step-by-step tutorial-based guide aimed at giving you hands-on practical experience to develop AR applications for Android.Augmented Reality for Android Application Development is for Android mobile application developers who are familiar with Android Development Tools and deployment, JMonkeyEngine, and the Vuforia SDK.

Develop Microsoft HoloLens Apps Now

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Author: Allen G. Taylor

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1484222024

Category: Computers

Page: 249

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This is the first book to describe the Microsoft HoloLens wearable augmented reality device and provide step-by-step instructions on how developers can use the HoloLens SDK to create Windows 10 applications that merge holographic virtual reality with the wearer’s actual environment. Best-selling author Allen G. Taylor explains how to develop and deliver HoloLens applications via Microsoft’s ecosystem for third party apps. Readers will also learn how HoloLens differs from other virtual and augmented reality devices and how to create compelling applications to fully utilize its capabilities. What You Will Learn: The features and capabilities of HoloLens How to build a simple Windows 10 app optimized for HoloLens The tools and resources contained in the HoloLens SDK How to build several HoloLens apps, using the SDK tools

Virtual Reality

Second International Conference, ICVR 2007, Held as Part of HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007, Proceedings

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Author: Randall Shumaker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3540733353

Category: Computers

Page: 764

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Second International Conference on Virtual Reality, ICVR 2007, held in Beijing, China. It covers 3D rendering and visualization, interacting and navigating in virtual and augmented environments, industrial applications of virtual reality, as well as health, cultural, educational and entertainment applications.

Last Lecture - Die Lehren meines Lebens

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Author: Randy Pausch,Jeffrey Zaslow

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641051193

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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»Die Buchsensation des Jahres.« Focus Im September 2007 hält Randy Pausch, Informatik-Professor an der Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, seine Abschiedsvorlesung. Das Thema: Seine Kindheitsträume und wie er sie verwirklicht hat. Der Anlass: Pausch ist unheilbar an Krebs erkrankt. Kurz darauf kennen Millionen Menschen ihn und seine bewegende Rede. Das vorliegende Buch, für das die »Last Lecture« den Anstoß gegeben hat, ist in Gesprächen mit dem Journalisten Jeffrey Zaslow entstanden. Darin sind die Lebenseinsichten Pauschs mit seiner persönlichen Lebensgeschichte verwoben. Wie man seine Träume verwirklicht und anderen dabei hilft – ein beeindruckendes Beispiel für Optimismus und Lebensbejahung.

Unity 2018 By Example

Learn about game and virtual reality development by creating five engaging projects, 2nd Edition

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Author: Alan Thorn

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1788479327

Category: Computers

Page: 484

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Build exciting 2D/3D games and virtual reality applications with the help of hands-on examples Key Features Create five different types of games from scratch with Unity 2018 Import custom content into Unity from third-party tools such as Maya and Blender Learn to build NPCs with artificial intelligent behavior. Book Description Unity is the most exciting and popular engine used for developing games. With its 2018 release, Unity has become the primary source of both game development and virtual reality content. In Unity 2018 By Example, you’ll learn how to use Unity in order to make amazing games from popular genres - from action shooters to mind-bending puzzle games to adventure and Virtual Reality (VR) games. Even if you have no previous experience of using Unity, this book will help you understand the toolsets it provides in depth. In addition to this, you'll understand how to create time-critical collection games, twin-stick space shooters, platformers, and action-fest games with intelligent enemies. Finally, you'll get to grips with creating VR games with the new toolsets introduced by Unity to help you develop amazing VR experiences. To make things easier, you will be provided with step-by-step tutorials for making five great games in Unity 2018, along with a detailed explanation of all the fundamental concepts. By the end of this book, you’ll have established a strong foundation in making games with Unity 2018. What you will learn Understand core Unity concepts, such as game objects, components, and scenes Study level-design techniques for building immersive and interesting worlds Make functional games with C# scripting Use the toolset creatively to build games with different themes and styles Handle player controls and input functionality Work with terrains and world-creation tools Get to grips with making both 2D and 3D games Who this book is for You don't need to have any previous experience with Unity to enjoy Unity 2018 By Example, although you need to have basic knowledge of C#.

Virtual Art

From Illusion to Immersion

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Author: Oliver Grau

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262572231

Category: Art

Page: 416

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Although many people view virtual reality as a modern phenomenon, it has its foundations in a history of immersive images. The search for illusionary visual space can be traced back to antiquity. This text shows how virtual art fits into the art history of illusion and immersion.

Mobile Technologies and Augmented Reality in Open Education

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Author: Gulsun Kurubacak,Hakan Altinpulluk

Publisher: Information Science Reference

ISBN: 9781522521105

Category: Computers

Page: 392

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Novel trends and innovations have enhanced contemporary educational environments. When applied properly, these computing advances can create enriched learning opportunities for students. Mobile Technologies and Augmented Reality in Open Education is a pivotal reference source for the latest academic research on the integration of interactive technology and mobile applications in online and distance learning environments. Highlighting scholarly perspectives across numerous topics such as wearable technology, instructional design, and flipped learning, this book is ideal for educators, professionals, practitioners, academics, and graduate students interested in the role of augmented reality in modern educational contexts.