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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for virtual reality research topics. Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.
Virtual Reality by
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, technology writer Samuel Greengard offers an accessible overview of developments in extended reality, explaining the technology, considering the social and psychological ramifications, and discussing possible future directions. Greengard describes the history and technological development of augmented and virtual realities, including the latest research in the field, and surveys the various shapes and forms of VR, AR, and MR, including head-mounted displays, mobile systems, and goggles. He examines the way these technologies are shaping and reshaping some professions and industries, and explores how extended reality affects psychology, morality, law, and social constructs. It's not a question of whether extended reality will become a standard part of our world, he argues, but how, when, and where these technologies will take hold. Will extended reality help create a better world? Will it benefit society as a whole? Or will it merely provide financial windfalls for a select few?
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality by
Publication Date: 2018-03-15
Virtual and Augmented Reality have existed for a long time but were stuck to the research world or to some large manufacturing companies. With the appearance of low-cost devices, it is expected a number of new applications, including for the general audience. This book aims at making a statement about those novelties as well as distinguishing them from the complexes challenges they raise by proposing real use cases, replacing those recent evolutions through the VR/AR dynamic and by providing some perspective for the years to come.
The Proteus Paradox: How Online Games and Virtual Worlds Change Us-And How They Don't by
Publication Date: 2014-01-07
Proteus, the mythical sea god who could alter his appearance at will, embodies one of the promises of online games: the ability to reinvent oneself. Yet inhabitants of virtual worlds rarely achieve this liberty, game researcher Nick Yee contends. Though online games evoke freedom and escapism, Yee shows that virtual spaces perpetuate social norms and stereotypes from the offline world, transform play into labor, and inspire racial scapegoating and superstitious thinking. And the change that does occur is often out of our control and effected by unparalleled—but rarely recognized—tools for controlling what players think and how they behave.
Unity 2018 by Example : Learn about Game and Virtual Reality Development by Creating Five Engaging Projects, 2nd Edition by
Publication Date: 2018
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. 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.
Unreal Engine 4 Virtual Reality Projects by
Publication Date: 2019-04-30
Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) is a powerful tool for developing VR games and applications. With its visual scripting language, Blueprint, and built-in support for all major VR headsets, it's a perfect tool for designers, artists, and engineers to realize their visions in VR. This book will guide you step-by-step through a series of projects that teach essential concepts and techniques for VR development in UE4. Learn about effective VR design and develop virtual reality games and applications for every VR platform Build essential features for VR such as player locomotion and interaction, 3D user interfaces, and 360 media players Learn about multiplayer networking and how to extend the engine using plugins and asset packs. Create controllable avatars, user interfaces, and more.
Experience on Demand by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven Circulation (QA76.9.C65B345 2018)
Publication Date: 2018-01-30
Virtual reality is able to effectively blur the line between reality and illusion, pushing the limits of our imagination and granting us access to any experience imaginable. With well-crafted simulations, these experiences, which are so immersive that the brain believes they're real, are already widely available with a VR headset and will only become more accessible and commonplace. But how does this new medium affect its users and does it have a future beyond fantasy and escapism?In Experience on Demand, Jeremy Bailenson draws on two decades spent researching the psychological effects of VR and other mass media to help readers understand this powerful tool. He offers expert guidelines for interacting with VR and describes the profound ways this technology can be put to use, not to distance ourselves from reality, but to enrich our lives.
Virtual Reality by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven & Lakeland Circulation (QA76.9.C65 V57235 2017)
Publication Date: 2017-01-01
Virtual reality might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but it has been in use in various forms since the 1950s. The technology is being developed for use in education, professional and military training, therapy, entertainment, and design. But is a simulated world a better world? Experts caution that virtual reality could be physically and emotionally debilitating. They predict that society could go into decline. Is this simply fear of progress, or is it something to take seriously? Readers will learn the hot-button issues associated with virtual reality and whether we should be excited or afraid of this incredible technology.
Learning Transported by
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland Circulation LB1028.3 .D62 2018
Publication Date: 2018-04-09
Learning Transported helps educators plan and establish goals so that their investment in immersive technology benefits the greatest number of students. The book includes: Definitions and examples of augmented, virtual and mixed reality. Comparison of devices and platforms, and tips for selecting the best one. Lesson plans mapped to standards and content areas. Ideas for using immersive technology tools in the classroom. Immersive technology has great potential to transform learning and create engaging experiences for students. This book helps educators consider the most important factors in bringing this approach into the classroom: that the instruction addresses student outcomes and standards, and that the mechanism for delivering this learning is safe, affordable and suitable for the situation.
Emerging Technologies for Health and Medicine by
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland Circulation R859.7.C67 E44 2018
Publication Date: 2018-10-16
This book provides an overview and review of the current and anticipated changes in medicine and healthcare due to new technologies and faster communication between users and devices. The groundbreaking book presents state-of-the-art chapters on many subjects including: A review of the implications of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) healthcare applications A review of current augmenting dental care An overview of typical human-computer interaction (HCI) that can help inform the development of user interface designs and novel ways to evaluate human behavior to responses in VR and other new technologies A review of telemedicine technologies Building empathy in young children using augmented reality AI technologies for mobile health of stroke monitoring & rehabilitation robotics control Mobile doctor brain AI App An artificial intelligence mobile cloud computing tool Development of a robotic teaching aid for disabled children Training system design of lower limb rehabilitation robot based on virtual reality
Virtually Sacred: myth and meaning in world of warcraft and second life by
Call Number: Polk/Winter Haven Circulation (BL65.V57 G47 2014)
Publication Date: 2014-07-14
Millions of users have taken up residence in virtual worlds, and in those worlds they find opportunities to revisit and rewrite their religious lives. Robert M. Geraci argues that virtual worlds and video games have become a locus for the satisfaction of religious needs, providing many userswith devoted communities, opportunities for ethical reflection, a meaningful experience of history and human activity, and a sense of transcendence.
Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new windowAcademic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
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