Professor David Howard, Department of Electronics, University of York

Seminar in the University of York Interdisciplinary TRANSIT series given on 26 June 2009.

Abstract

This talk will describe work that looked into what would be needed to create a Virtual Cocoon, that is a device that stimulates all five senses in such a way that the user really believes s/he is somewhere else. This we term "Real Virtuality" to distinguish it from the more commonly used "Virtual Reality". A showreel video will be shown which indicates what life could be like with such a device and the importance of the senses will be explored along with multi-modal aspects of perception; something that we believe is essential to understand better if a cocoon is ever to be realised in practice.

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