virtual image


Definition of virtual image

: an image (such as one seen in a plane mirror) formed of points from which divergent rays (as of light) seem to emanate without actually doing so

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Recent Examples on the Web This teardown includes an unusually lengthy explanation of how Magic Leap's first commercially available headset renders virtual images, à la Microsoft's Hololens. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "iFixit dissects the $2,299 Magic Leap One so you don’t have to," 23 Aug. 2018 Before free agency revved up, the company had virtual images for several teams ready to go and increased the number of blanks on-hand for every one of James’ possible destinations, based on Vegas odds. Cam Wolf, GQ, "LeBron James’s L.A. Lakers Jersey Is Already a Best-Seller," 2 July 2018 The system was used to create a life-sized 3-D virtual image of the documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock that appeared in a television broadcast. NBC News, "Futuristic 'hologram' tech promises ultra-realistic human telepresence," 4 May 2018 Also available is the Heads-Up Display, which projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, to assist the driver in keeping eyes on the road. William Thornton,, "Louisiana restaurant chain looks to expand into Alabama," 4 Apr. 2018 But the augmented reality system helped surgeons find those blood vessels directly, by highlighting them in the three-dimensional virtual image displayed in an AR headset. Tom Metcalfe /, NBC News, "Augmented reality lets doctors peer inside the body like never before," 14 Feb. 2018 Augmented reality involves superimposing virtual images over the real world, as opposed to virtual reality, which is entirely artificial. David Meyer, Fortune, "This Secretive Augmented Reality Firm Just Raised Another $502 Million," 18 Oct. 2017 This is another example of businesses evaluating the use of augmented reality (AR) technologies, which juxtapose virtual images atop the real world, to save money and time. Barb Darrow, Fortune, "Ford Expands Test of Microsoft HoloLens To Speed Car Design," 22 Sep. 2017 ARKit blends the device’s motion-tracking sensors to overlay virtual images on the screen, right alongside the real objects. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB plans to add augmented reality to 'At Bat' app," 25 Sep. 2017

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Virtual image.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of virtual image

: an image (as seen in a plane mirror) formed of virtual foci

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