virtual reality


Definition of virtual reality 

: an artificial environment which is experienced through sensory stimuli (such as sights and sounds) provided by a computer and in which one's actions partially determine what happens in the environment also : the technology used to create or access a virtual reality

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But as Owen Jarus reports for Live Science, a new virtual reality experience is opening the doors of Nefertari’s resting place to visitors from afar, who can explore the grandeur of the ancient site from the comfort of their homes. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018 The gripping new virtual reality experience by the Academy Award-winning director places the participant in the shoes of migrants making the arduous trek through the Sonoran Desert to reach the United States. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 To keep things interesting, the virtual reality experience involves more than white dots. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018 The exhibit features a Packers Hall of Fame, a Packers Pro Shop and a virtual reality experience. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lambeau Field Live at Summerfest features the Packers, virtual reality and crispy bacon," 1 July 2018 The implementation of the first-of-its kind virtual reality experience means fliers can experience near-real-life skydiving sights in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations like Hawaii and Dubai, without setting foot in an airplane. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "News & Notes: The Woodlands, June 23," 23 June 2018 As of Sunday, Silicon Valley will also have its own virtual reality experience, available through HTC’s Viveport service. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Silicon Valley’s VR experience looks ironically fun," 23 Mar. 2018 Advertisement Boise State President Bob Kustra explains how the concept for the World Museum, a virtual reality space inside BSU's forthcoming Center for Fine Arts building, came about. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "This new building on BSU's campus will change Boise's iconic cityscape," 4 June 2018 Qualcomm on Tuesday announced the launch of a new chip explicitly designed for standalone augmented reality and virtual reality devices: the Snapdragon XR1. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Qualcomm launches a new chip specifically for standalone AR and VR devices," 30 May 2018

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1987, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of virtual reality

: an artificial world of images and sounds created by a computer that is affected by the actions of a person who is experiencing it

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Kids Definition of virtual reality

: an artificial environment which is experienced through sights and sounds provided by a computer and in which a person's actions partly decide what happens in the environment

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