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If you want to get immersed in a simulated world, or "go virtual," you'll need to choose from a
variety of virtual environments, each depending on distinct display and
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To enter this virtual environment you need special gear. Any of several
types of stereoscopic devices tranform otherwise 2D image data into 3D images.
Some of the 3D viewers resemble helmets called head-mount displays, with movie screens where the visor would be.
NCSAAnother device called a BOOM looks like a box dangling from a metal arm. A look through the eyepieces reveals striking 3D images.
Electronic Visualiztion Laboratory
Still another virtual environment, the CAVE, encompasses an entire room.
Here, stereoscopic images are projected onto the walls and floor. Put on
special stereoscopic glasses and headphones, then "climb" or "fly" through
rich, 3D images enhanced by sounds. The images, sounds, and other sensory
signals are continually updated to match your changing perspective.
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