Clamann, Michael Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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A computer-generated environment that can be interacted with and experienced through ordinary human senses as if the environment were real. Virtual reality (VR) uses combinations of computer hardware and software to represent different aspects of the physical world to an individual in real time. A key design goal for virtual reality is to instill a feeling of presence, or the illusion of being immersed in the environment, as opposed to simply viewing the environment from an outside perspective (see illustration). See also: Human-computer interaction
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