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Virtual Reality: Simulating and Enhancing the World With Computers (Science and Technology in Focus)

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Virtual reality, a term coined by computer programmer Jaron Lanier in 1988, has been used to describe a variety of methods for turning computers into something other than glorified typewriters. The phrase conjures up images of people plugging into their computers with display goggles and interactive controllers that allow them to experience and move within artificial environments in ways similar to—or utterly different than—those of the real world.

As Lanier originally meant it, and as many people understood it, the term VR is a shorthand way of referring to a combination of highspeed computers, advanced programming techniques, and interactive devices designed to make computer users feel they have stepped into another world—a world constructed of computer data. There even is a form of Web-based virtual reality that has been around, in one form or another, since the mid-1990s—VRML, the Virtual Reality Modeling Language that allows Web surfers to manipulate three-dimensional objects or move through on-screen worlds with mouse, trackball, or joystick. Over a brief time, though, other people began using the terms virtual reality and VR for just about every type of computerized presentation of data, including text-only multiple-user dungeons, or MUDS, and the chat rooms of the World Wide Web.
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Mechanical Science: v. II
Mechanical Science: v. II

The syllabus of Mechanical Science-II as designed by WBUT explains the important Chapters of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. The book covers all the topics of the syllabus in a well explained and easily understandable manner to the students. In addition to this, many numerical examples have been worked out for each chapter. Multiple...

iAd Production Beginner's Guide
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Think of an iAd as a micro-app contained within an app, on a user's iPhone or iPad, that they've downloaded from the App Store. When the user taps your advert's banner, it bursts into life, filling the entire screen of their device.

iAd Beginner's Guide takes you from start to finish of building rich,
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Rough Sets and Current Trends in Computing: 4th International Conference, RSCTC 2004, Uppsala, Sweden, June 1-5, 2004
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Rough Sets and Current Trends in Computing, RSCTC 2004, held in Uppsala, Sweden in June 2004.

The 45 revised full papers and 60 revised short papers presented together with 3 invited papers and a bibliographic project report were carefully reviewed and...


Developing Effective Engineering Leadership (IEE Management of Technology Series, 21)
Developing Effective Engineering Leadership (IEE Management of Technology Series, 21)

Engineering companies and other organizations face many serious challenges in the 21st Century. One that is now becoming widely recognized is the loss of corporate knowledge through staff turnover, whether it is natural or forced through downsizing or de-layering. The company’s store of knowledge and expertise is an asset built up through...

The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2: Seminumerical Algorithms (2nd Edition)
The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2: Seminumerical Algorithms (2nd Edition)
Knuth's multivolume work, widely recognized as the definitive description of classical computer science, is now available in an attractive, boxed set. The three volumes included in this set have each been revised recently to reflect developments in the field. As earlier editions clearly demonstrated, they comprise an invaluable resource in...
Bomb the Suburbs: Graffiti, Race, Freight-Hopping and the Search for Hip-Hop's Moral Center
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Should graffiti writers organize to tear up the cities, or should they really be bombing the ‘burbs? That’s the question posed by William Upski Wimsatt in his seminal foray into the world of hip-hop, rap, and street art, and the culture and politics that surround it. But to say that the book deals only with taggers and hip-hop is...
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