The book is based on the material originally developed for the course on Virtual Reality, which the author was teaching at Tampere University of Technology, as well as course on Virtual Environments that the author had prepared for the University for Advancing Studies at Tempe, Arizona. This original purpose has influenced the structure of this book as well as the depth to which we explore the presented concepts.
Therefore, our intention in this book is to give an introduction into the important issues regarding a series of related concepts of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Environments. We do not attempt to go into any of these issues in depth but rather outline general principles and discuss them in a sense broad enough to provide sufficient foundations for a further study. In other words, we aim to provide a set of keywords for readers in order to establish a good starting point from which they could go on and explore any of these issues in detail.
Table of Contents
Lecture 1: Introduction
Lecture 2: History of VR and Current Applications
Lecture 3: Human Senses
Lecture 4: VR Systems
Lecture 5: User Experience, Human Computer Interaction and UI
Lecture 6: Input Devices and Tracking
Lecture 7: Displays
Lecture 8: Networked VR
Lecture 9: Augmented Reality
Lecture 10: VE and Video Games
About the Author(s)Stanislav Stankovic
, Electronic Arts Co., Helsinki, Finland
Stanislav Stankovic received the B.Sc. degree in electronic engineering from the Faculty of Electronics, University of Nis, Serbia, in 2004. In 2005 he moved to Tampere, Finland, to continue his postgraduate studies. He received his Ph.D. degree in Signal Processing from the Tampere University of Technology, in 2009. After completing his doctoral studies he continued to work as a postgraduate researcher at the same department, teaching courses on Virtual Reality and Human Computer Interaction. Since 2012 he has been working as a game designer first at the Tampere studio of Rovio Entertainment, Ltd., Tampere, Finland, then at the Helsinki studio of Electronic Arts Co., in Helsinki, Finland.