What is Virtual Reality?The answer to this question is actively debated and beyond the scope of this presentation. However, the following definition given by Sherman and Craig (1995) is a reasonably good one for the purposes of this presentation.
The key elements of a computer application that make it a potential virtual reality are as follows:
- Virtual Reality
- a medium composed of highly interactive computer simulations that sense the user's position and replace or augment the feedback of one or more senses - giving the feeling of being immersed, or being present in the simulations.
Although QuickTime Virtual Reality is not all of these things, it provides enough interactivity, immersion, flexibility, and sense of experience to be a simple virtual reality application.
- Narrative Flexibility
- Communal Space (potentially)
For an example, manipulate the peccary teeth below using the mouse.