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Virtual Reality: How Much Immersion Is Enough?

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2 Author(s)
Bowman, D.A. ; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg ; McMahan, R.P.

Solid evidence of virtual reality's benefits has graduated from impressive visual demonstrations to producing results in practical applications. Further, a realistic experience is no longer immersion's sole asset. Empirical studies show that various components of immersion provide other benefits - full immersion is not always necessary. The goal of immersive virtual environments (VEs) was to let the user experience a computer-generated world as if it were real - producing a sense of presence, or "being there," in the user's mind.

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Computer  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 7 )

Date of Publication:

July 2007

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