Virtual Reality, SimCity
Date: Around 1993
Requesting information on virtual reality for a seventh grader
writing an essay on this topic. Appreciate any response.
Virtual Reality in its ultimate form would be like the holodecks
on Star Trek the Next Generation. This does not exist yet, of course. The
basic idea is that you emulate or model a real world situation on a computer.
This idea seems to be more specifically associated with visual models. Also,
in order to qualify, one should be able to interact with the model. With
present technology, this might include using a glove which youcan see in the
model and then touching objects that can be seen. The applications seem
limitless because one could model any real world situation and then interact
within it. One example would be testing jobs in the workplace. Factory set-
ups could be tested on a computer and checked for any problems before the
building is built. Also, one can experience unusual and dangerous situations
without being exposed to the danger of those situations. If one stretched the
definition a bit, SimCity might be considered virtual reality for your PC
(even though it is just a game).
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