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A Window, sometimes called a viewpoint, is the interface between a participant and the virtual environment in fishbowl (monitor) based VR systems.

The window is also the point from which all raytracing and geometry creation occurs for a specific participant.

Sometimes a fishbowl VR allows multiple windows at once, open to different locations. This is the case with all stereoscopic viewing.

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Related Dictionary Entries for Window:

Fish Tank VR

Fishbowl VR

Map Based Travel

Peripheral vision

Pictorial Format Avionics

Post-WIMP interface

Projected Reality


Video Mapping




WIMP interface


Window on World

World In Miniature



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Wireless Sensor Detects Status of Window
German researchers have made advances in the sensor systems that detect if a window is open or closed, by using of all things, a heavily modified washing machine tumble sensor. It detects movement ofthe window flawlessly, by the exact same means.

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Videogame Derived Medicine
BodyViz is a window-on-world VR that combines the X-box and DICOM medical data for a low end VR solution to 3D medical results.

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Large Image Display:Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris: Its all in the Eyes
Take a look at the face in this frame. Notice the eyes, and how they glimmer, offering a window onto the soul. It cannot be stated often enough, that one of the key aspects of overcoming the uncanny valley is in the eyes.

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Plato's Cave
Despite the name, Plato's Cave, is not a CAVE VR. It is instead, a window on world (monitor based) VR experience, designed as a new radiology visualisation interface.

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Book Quotes: Flatland
No matter how concrete the data that 3D working environments and immersive, intuitive interfaces boost productivity and workflow significantly above that evidenced by window, icon and pointer monitor screen and keyboard setups, government agencies and the beaurocratic chain are unlikely to ever take them up.

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Star Trek: The Original Series, & VR ~ The City on The Edge of Forever
The guardian offers the chance to visit any time frame, any settlement, any possible world, exactly as it was, in intricate detail. It itself is not a VR since it changes the actual history of events, but in all other ways the metaphor is the same. It is a window upon worlds, in which countless possibilities unfold, and which may be stepped through; immersed into to see how any civilisation lived in the past.

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Its very hard to overpower the human visual system. The human eye is so advanced, it can easilly differentiate between modern computer displays and windows. Quite possibly, not for much longer.

Researchers from Imaging Soluti...

A new "smart" window system has the unprecedented ability to inexpensively change from summer to winter modes, darkening to save air conditioning costs on scorching days and returning to crystal clarity in the winter to capture free heat ...

Plastics are cheap, flexible, and relatively easy to manufacture, but they can also be more heat sensitive than other materials such as metals. The same goes for plastic (or organic) electronics, which offer the promise of foldable displays...

Windows that absorb or reflect light and heat at the flick of a switch could help cut heating and cooling bills. A company called Soladigm has developed methods for making these "electrochromic" windows cheaply, making them more viable fo...

At the Association for Computing Machinery’s SPLASH conference at the end of the month, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) will present a new system that automatically determines how o...