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J. A. Adam ; IEEE Spectrum, New York, NY, USA

Some current applications work in the computer-rendered environments known as virtual reality (VR) are examined. Caterpillar Inc., a manufacturer of earth-moving and construction equipment is using VR to assess interior visibility on new prototypes. The Big Three among US automobile makers are joining with a US Army vehicle center, United Technologies' automotive division, the University of Michigan, and a dozen other smaller companies to form a consortium for industrial VR. Boeings' new airliner, the 777, to be rolled out next year, is its first to be designed without the use of a full-scale physical mockup; VR was used instead. Military, medical, and entertainment applications of VR are growing.<>

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IEEE Spectrum  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 10 )