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KXH141 Virtual Reality Technology

This unit explores the exciting field of virtual reality and the advanced concepts and technologies for interfacing humans to complex machines. The unit focusses on virtual interfaces and their potential impact on the way we think about computers and the way we think with them. In this unit, interface design principles are reviewed from both human factors and technological perspectives. Hardware, software and mindware aspects of virtual interfaces and virtual environments are investigated. In addition, applications are postulated and designed in the fields of medicine, education, design and entertainment. The HITLab's VisionSpace is used for teaching, demonstration and practical applications.

KXH141 is a companion unit to KXH142 on Augmented Reality Technology. KXH141 concentrates primarily on Virtual Reality Technology whilst KXH142 concentrates on Augmented Reality Technology. This unit is a foundation unit for the Human Interface Technology (HIT) Major and Diploma of Creative Media Technology courses within the HIT Lab Australia. Our undergraduate units are instructional companions to the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in Australia. This Laboratory is linked to the HIT Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA and the HIT Lab NZ, located at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ and will promote the development of advanced human interfaces and media technologies.

Concepts and Unit Elements

Overview of Unit
Introduction to Vision
Definition of Virtual Reality (VR)
Brief History of Virtual Interface
Human/Machine side of Virtual Interface Design
Building the Virtual World
Measuring the Goodness of Virtual Worlds
Overview of Augmented Reality (AR)
Applications of VR
Collaborative VR
Medical Applications of VR
Educational Applications of VR
Creative & Design Applications
Future Developments of VR Technology & Applications

Prerequisites: None

Teaching Delivery Method: 2 hours of lectures and 2-hour laboratory work weekly, or equivalent

Delivery Staff: Tom Furness and external lecturers

Assessment: Assignments (40%) and 2-hour examination (60%)

Key Semester Dates and timetables: UTAS Courses and Unit detail page

Updated April 11th 2010