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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Valve's march toward launching new virtual reality video games—perhaps up to three of them—got more interesting on Thursday with the announcement of an update to the company's next official piece of VR hardware. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Valve revamps its next controller, should make using hands in VR feel way cooler [Updated]," 22 June 2018 After taking a year off to work with Skybound Entertainment (The Walking Dead, Gone) on a virtual reality adaptation of its 2014 show, Lies Within, Delusion returns this fall with a brand new chapter in its macabre universe. Juliet Bennett Rylah, Los Angeles Magazine, "After a Year Hiatus, One of L.A.’s Scariest Theater Experiences Is Returning," 22 June 2018 Iñárritu has considered all the elements that surround his virtual reality video to humanize the story of immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Schuster, wearing virtual reality glasses and waving the Tilt Brush in the air, wrote personal dedications for each winner - the autographs could be seen on screen. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Chilean Firm Ushers In Virtual Record Signings, With Help of Google's Tilt Brush," 12 July 2018 Farchione says treatment for the condition is increasingly moving toward helping patients reframe their fear response, and adds that virtual reality flight simulators may help as well. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why Some People Have a Crippling Fear of Flying — and How They Can Overcome It," 6 July 2018 Augmented and virtual reality expert Cathy Hackl will keynote the conference. Marco Santana,, "Designers, take note: OrlandoiX launches T-shirt design contest," 6 July 2018 Through the collaboration, handy Japan devices will also feature a virtual reality media platform and travel features like taxi call services and disaster warning notifications. Nicola Shannon, The Seattle Times, "SoftBank invests in ‘handy Japan’ hotel technology service," 2 July 2018 The excavation will involve lasers, drones, and virtual reality visualizations, the site’s director general told an Italian wire service. National Geographic, "Headless Pompeii Victim Wasn't Crushed to Death, After All," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of virtual reality

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of virtual reality was in 1987

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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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