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Virtual Reality Virtual Reality which Warren Robinett describes as a cut little oxymoron What exactly is does the term virtual reality mean Imagine being able to point into the sky and fly Or perhaps walk through space and connect molecules together These are some of the dreams that have come with the invention of virtual reality With the introduction of computers numerous applications have been enhanced or created The newest technology that is being tapped is that of artificial reality or virtual reality VR Jaron Lanier first coined the phrase virtual reality around 1989 and it has stuck ever since Lanier stated Its very hard to describe if you havent experienced it But there is an experience when you are dreaming of all possibilities being there that anything can happen and it is just and open world where your mind is the only limitation Unfortunately the catchy name Virtual Reality has caused people to dream up incredible uses for this technology including using it as a sort of drug This became evident when among other people Timothy Leary became interested in VR It was at a computer conference in Dallas in August 1990 were Leary stated I think this is one of the most important meetings ever held by human beings Leary was a man who had many problems in his lifetime and eventually became very interested in drug experimentation This has also worried some of the researchers who are trying to create very real applications for medical space physical chemical and entertainment uses among other things In order to create this alternate reality however you need to find ways to create the illusion of reality with a piece of machinery known as the computer This is done with several computer-user interfaces used to simulate the senses Among these are stereoscopic glasses to make the simulated world look real a 3D auditory display to give depth to sound sensor lined gloves to simulate tactile
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