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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Walmart started using virtual reality training broadly last year, adding headsets in the backrooms of all 4,600 U.S. stores to train over a million workers how to stock shelves or use new online pickup machines. Sarah Nassauer And Chip Cutter, WSJ, "Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers," 30 June 2019 The facility is equipped with LED TVs, PC setups, console setups and virtual reality technology. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "10,000-square foot video game center to open in Auburn Hills on Friday," 26 June 2019 Here in the virtual reality room, fans, parents, kids -- includung the cancer-surviving girl featured in the movie -- all sit motionless. Katie Bain, Billboard, "'Joytime' Live: Inside Last Night's Marshmello Fan Experience Party," 25 June 2019 The biggest pharma companies recognize potential of virtual reality tools. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Virtual reality is helping scientists discover new drugs," 25 June 2019 At the pop-up events, Mount Hood reps will have snow cones and virtual reality goggles that let wearers experience the activities of the area. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Want to win a free trip to Oregon? Look for the Mount Hood pop-up vending machines around Phoenix," 21 June 2019 While aboard, guests will have access to the ship’s Speedway, a two-level go-kart track; an open-air laser tag arena themed after the lost city of Atlantis; and a 10,000 square-foot virtual reality complex called the Galaxy Pavillion. Johnny Diaz,, "Norwegian donates night on new billion-dollar ship Encore for Boys & Girls Clubs," 20 June 2019 As brain-computer interfaces and virtual reality co-evolve, so will our experience of time and space, with extraordinary consequences. Josh Wilbur, WIRED, "You Could Live Forever With This Sci-Fi Time Hack," 4 June 2019 PlayStation’s VR is one of the most affordable virtual reality sets, and Walmart’s bundles available for preorder make getting started with VR even more accessible. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Preorder Two New PlayStation VR Bundles at Walmart," 15 May 2019

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First Known Use of virtual reality

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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