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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The virtual reality experience is highlights of a caverns tour, showing 260-million-year-old formations found up to 175 feet below the surface of the earth. Joe Songer,, "Rickwood Caverns offers virtual reality tour for visitors with limited mobility," 1 Feb. 2018 Why choose to communicate the seasonal message through immersive theater as opposed to media more traditionally beloved by fashion, like film, dance, or virtual reality? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Forget Paris Fashion Week, H&M Is Changing Direction With an Immersive Theater Project in Sedona, Arizona," 31 Jan. 2019 The discovery suggests that Nintendo at least toyed with the idea that the tablet system could serve as a stereoscopic display for a virtual reality headset. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo’s Switch has been hiding a buried “VrMode” for over a year," 16 Aug. 2018 One of the hindrances to widespread adoption of virtual reality tech has been the price tag. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The 20 most-popular stories of 2018," 25 Dec. 2018 That was the year that virtual reality hype hit its peak with the launch of three major headsets and accompanying platforms — Facebook’s Oculus Rift, HTC and Valve’s Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR. Sam Byford, The Verge, "PlayStation VR has had a quietly awesome year," 20 Dec. 2018 And that isn’t all, as Chella is currently in school: studying virtual reality programming. Faith Cummings, Teen Vogue, "Exclusive: Chella Man Just Signed to IMG," 18 Sep. 2018 According to a 2016 report conducted by Goldman Sachs, virtual reality technology could reach 15 million students by 2025, which highlights a growing need for new talent. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Virtual reality developers aim to spark tech boom in the Deep South," 14 July 2018 In virtual reality, the pilot watches from above as the tank stalks a flickering yellow prey. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 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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