30 January 2006 Virtual reality, immersion, and the unforgettable experience
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Virtual reality has been in the public eye for nearly forty years. Its early promise was vast: worlds we could visit and live in, if we could bend the technology to our desires. Progress was made, but along the way the original directions and challenges of fully immersive VR took a back seat to more ubiquitous technology such as games that provided many of the same functions. What was lost in this transition was the potential for VR to become a stage for encounters that are meaningful, those experiences that tap into what it means to be human. This paper describes examples of such experiences using VR technology and puts forward several avenues of thought concerning how we might reinvigorate these types of VR explorations.
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Jacquelyn Ford Morie, "Virtual reality, immersion, and the unforgettable experience", Proc. SPIE 6055, Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems XIII, 60551X (30 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.660290; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.660290
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