Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two expressions that have recently appeared in the media but which remain largely unknown to the general public and professional world. This book aims to improve our understanding of these technologies by exploring the way in which they function and the applications we can expect for future users.
VR and AR have existed for a long time but have primarily been limited, until now, to the research domain and a few large companies. The emergence of new low-cost devices (HMDs, sensors, etc.) has led to the rise of new applications for the wider public.
In order to appreciate the advantages these new technologies bring, as well as the flaws which remain to be rectified, this book defines fundamental concepts and describes practical usage examples. These recent technological developments are then placed within a temporal dynamic by recalling the major evolutions of the past ten years and by providing some prospective avenues for the future.
1. New Applications,
Bruno Arnaldi, Stéphane Cotin, Nadine Couture, Jean-Louis Dautin, Valérie Gouranton, François Gruson and Domitile Lourdeaux.
2. The Democratization of VR-AR,
Sébastien Kuntz, Richard Kulpa and Jérôme Royan.
3. Complexity and Scientific Challenges,
Ferran Argelaguet Sanz, Bruno Arnaldi, Jean-Marie Burkhardt, Géry Casiez, Stéphane Donikian, Florian Gosselin, Xavier Granier, Patrick Le Callet, Vincent Lepetit, Maud Marchal, Guillaume Moreau, Jérôme Perret and Toinon Vigier.
4. Towards VE that are More Closely Related to the Real World,
Géry Casiez, Xavier Granier, Martin Hachet, Vincent Lepetit, Guillaume Moreau and Olivier Nannipieri.
5. Scientific and Technical Prospects,
Caroline Baillard, Philippe Guillotel, Anatole Lécuyer, Fabien Lotte, Nicolas Mollet, Jean-Marie Normand and Gaël Seydoux.
6. The Challenges and Risks of Democratization of VR-AR,
Bruno Arnaldi is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rennes 1, France and a founding member of the Association Française de Réalité Virtuelle et de Réalité Augmentée (AFRV).
Pascal Guitton is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bordeaux, France and a founding member of AFRV.
Guillaume Moreau is Professor of Computer Science at Centrale Nantes engineering school in France and a founding member of AFRV.
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