A tethered viewpoint is a view onto a virtual world, that is tied to another object and moves with it, yet not seeing from that object's perspective. Rather, the viewpoint looks over the object's shoulder, or from another angle, seeing the object it is tethered to in third person perspective, but not allowing the user to feel immersed in that object. Third person perspective avatar control being the obvious example - the avatar feels more like a puppet the user controls rather than an embodiment of the user.
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This book is very much a philosophical viewpoint tome, one which is very relevant to VR, as it meanders between materialism and sensory synergy, arguing back and forth about how motion and sensation are the same thing; two halves of a dynamo engine which continually feed into one another.
Visual stereoscopy comes in many flavours. Depending on how the video feed is constructed, and whether or not it was originally designed with stereoscopy in mind, the technology used to deliver a slightly different positional viewpoint to the eye, differs greatly.
A look on Artificial Intelligence routines for NPCs from a non-technical source. Lookin at the goals you desire, and the types of behaviour worth considering, without going into the detail of how. A novel viewpoint that does make you think.
Visual augmented reality elements are amongst the simplest AR elements to integrate into the physical environment. That said, tracking and adjusting for a continually changing user viewpoint, without it becoming obvious that the data is superimposed from VR, is a major undertaking.
If you run a virtual world, whose premise centres around a form of living or lifestyle significantly different from mainstream society; whether roleplay, persona play, or full blown alternate life, the last thing you desire is for people to enter it, completely ignoring the in-world culture and behaving any way they like.
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A new research project called Pocket Virtual Worlds is attempting to expand upon the virtual panorama concept somewhat. Developed as an educational tool, Pocket Virtual Worlds uses cyclorama style panoramic photographs of various locations....
Recent research by scientists in Italy and France shows that that single molecules have the ability to store information via their magnetic state. Their work is a first step toward a new generation of ultra-compact data storage technologies...
A Pentagon-sponsored project to control flying insects remotely has sent ripples of excitement across the scientific pond. Part insect, part machine, the "cyborg beetle" has been tested successfully by its developers at the University of ...
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The First Annual Francis Crick Memorial Conference, focusing on "Consciousness in Humans and Non-Human Animals", aims to provide a purely data-driven perspective on the neural correlates ...
A sixty-day field test of a balloon-tethered space elevator precursor suggests these constructs make great Wi-Fi towers.
LiftPort Group, based in Bremerton, Washington, US, stretched a cable one mile (1.6 kilometres) into the...