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Virtual Reality and Automation

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Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)

Abstract

Virtual reality of human activities (e.g., in design, manufacturing, medical care, exploration or military operations) often concentrates on an automated interface between virtual reality (VR) technology and the theory and practice of these activities. In this chapter we focus mainly on the role of VR technology in developing this interface. Although the scope and range of applications is large, two illustrative areas (production/service applications and medical applications) are explained in some detail to offer some insight into the magnitude of the benefits and existing challenges.

Keywords

Virtual Reality Cataract Surgery Application Programming Interface Haptic Feedback Haptic Device 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Abbreviations

3-D

three-dimensional

API

applications programming interface

CAM

computer-aided manufacturing

PC

personal computer

VE

virtual environment

VR

virtual reality

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of IllinoisChicagoUSA

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