3.4 Virtual reality and simulations

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3.4 Virtual Reality and Simulations

Overview

Describe the differences between virtual reality and simulation.

Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of how virtual reality is used in the following applications: − training; and − gaming.

Definitions

Virtual reality: A system that enables a person to react and move according to certain simulated conditions

Simulation:

A program which models a real life situation by putting values into a model to see how it behaves in different environments.

VR Equipment • • • Helmet Gloves Bodysuit

Examples of VR

• • • • Games Holiday tours Combat situations Historical recreations

Helmet and Glove

• • Helmet sometimes called a Head Mounted Device - allows 3D visual hearing Glove for sensations of touch to allow the control of the model

Finger sensor

• A device that goes on the end of the finger and senses simulated movement

Pilot cockpit training

• • •

Advantages

Eliminates the danger Less expensive than using a real plane Helps give the pilot experience of a real environment •

Disadvantages

The training can only be as good as the program

Gaming

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Advantages

Can add to the gaming experience such as having animated people with various attributes Visual, sound and sensation effects can be added • •

Disadvantages

The person can start believing in the unreal The equipment to play the games is sophisticated

Acronyms

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VR: HMD:

Virtual reality Head Mounted Device

Discussion

“It is said that soon we will not have to travel to go on holiday but choose a virtual reality environment to visit instead.” Discuss this statement.

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