Understanding Virtual Reality: Interface, Application, and Design (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics) Hardcover – 10 Sep 2002
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"Understanding Virtual Reality is truly the most complete reference book to emerge from the VR field in the past ten years."
―Tom DeFanti, Professor University of Illinois at Chicago, Co-Inventor of the CAVE (R)
"Understanding Virtual Reality is the introduction to the medium of VR that we have all been desiring for our beginning courses."
―Michael Zyda, Director, The MOVES Institute
"A comprehensive overview of virtual reality technologies and techniques. Using real-world examples from diverse fields, the book makes a case for VR as an increasingly effective and applicable communications medium. With its broad scope, straightforward style and companion instructional Web site, this book would make an excellent introductory text for students exploring virtual reality applications." - Design Issues
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Most writing about virtual reality involves summarizing and interpreting interviews and demos, with massive doses of the speculative and the spectacular, and lots of historical fuzziness. Sherman and Craig, however, lived in the world of actual VR production at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where corporate researchers, educators, scientists, and artists make use of this technology in their daily work. They have personally suffered with VR tech and benefited greatly from access to it as well as to amazing amounts of computing, engineering, and scientific talent. They were held to real deadlines of corporate contracts, scientific conference demonstrations, and the design of IMAX productions. While they were doing all this, they were also writing this book. As a result, "Understanding Virtual Reality" has the integrity and feel of a long-term, eyewitness account and a personal journal, because these production-oriented researchers were documenting the times contemporaneously, rather than trying to reconstruct the details years later.
I know all this because I was their group leader for a couple of years in the mid-90's at NCSA, and their colleague in VR the years before and after. I co-invented the CAVE hardware, among other things, with Dan Sandin at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in 1991.
It is outdated and underwhelming. Most of the technologies have been replaced long ago. If you are expected to use this book for any classes SUGGEST A NEW BOOK.
Hugo Neira S
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