Advanced Technology for Portable Personal Visualization
Progress rept. Jul 1992-Jan 1993
NORTH CAROLINA UNIV AT CHAPEL HILL DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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Despite the recent avalanche of publicity on virtual reality, the state of the art in head-mounted displays HMD is still at the almost-works stage. Although extravagant claims are made almost daily on television and in the popular press, there is very little that can be usefully accomplished today with virtual reality technologies. We at UNC have been working since the early 1970s on aspects of these technologies and have been advancing the state of the art by a driving problem approach we let the needs of selected applications stimulate the direction of the technological developments and then test new results by observing their impact on solving the original application. We are working on three application areas molecular modeling, 3D medical imaging, and modeling of architectural interiors. We have developed complete systems that include the head-mounted display device, the display generation hardware, and a head and hand tracker. We have access to a force-feedback ARM that is owned by the GRIP project.
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