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Developing Virtual Reality Applications: Foundations of Effective Designby Alan Craig
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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.
From the bestselling authors of "Understanding Virtual Reality" comes a comprehensive compendium that examines over 50 unique and foundational VR applications in business, science, medicine, education, spatial studies, public safety, and entertainment industries.
From the best-selling authors of Understanding Virtual Reality comes everything you need to know to develop your own VR applications in a billion dollar industry!
Virtual Reality has turned the corner from being a mere laboratory novelty to become a valuable tool with practical applications in many fields. From best-selling VR guru Bill Sherman comes Developing Virtual Reality Applications - a comprehensive compendium that examines over 50 unique and foundational VR applications in Business, Science, Medicine, Education, Spatial Studies, Public Safety, and Entertainment industries. Each chapter contains one or more key applications that are explored in depth, as well as examples of these applications in their most recent form and the most current research being conducted. The book also cross-references techniques between different application areas, synthesizing the data into a coherent whole that describes overall VR trends and fundamental best practices. Such synergy gives you a hands-on guide for developing your own applications, and provides an enhanced, longitudinal view of VR development. By promoting mobility across disciplines, Developing Virtual Reality Applications becomes an indispensable one-stop reference for anyone working in this burgeoning field.
About the Author
William R. Sherman is Interim Director of the Environmental Modeling and Visualization Lab at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. Previously he lead the virtual reality effort at the National Center for Super- computing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored several book chapters and papers on the topics of scientific visualization and virtual reality and has taught a graduate-level course on VR at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Dr. Jeff Will is an Associate Professor at Valparaiso University. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2002, he was named the Fredrick F. Jenny Professor of Emerging Technology in Engineering. He established the college’s Scientific Visualization Laboratory, where he has directed students in major research projects and taught VR technology and programming courses to undergraduates as well as aided faculty from other disciplines to integrate VR into their curricula.
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Valparaiso University, IN, USA
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL REALITY
CHAPTER 2: BUSINESS AND MANUFACTURING
CHAPTER 3: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 4: MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 5: EDUCATION APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 6: LOCATION WALKABOUT APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 7: PUBLIC SAFETY & MILITARY APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 8: ART APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 9: ENTERTAINMENT APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 10: PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER
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