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Virtual Reality: Past failures, current hype and future vision

Fri., Apr. 12, 2019 1:00 p.m. - Fri., Apr. 12, 2019 2:00 p.m.

Location: CL 126

Abstract:  Virtual reality has long been the dream of science fiction, education, and entertainment. The ability to craft a world entirely of your own making, beyond the frustrating real-world constraints of gravity, physics, and consequences, would allow people to go anywhere, do anything, or be anyone. We have been working on ways to record and represent reality since antiquity, and our first attempts to simulate reality were decades ago. What makes this new generation of VR headsets different? Is it another tech trend destined to fail, or is it the start of a new generation of believably immersive simulated experiences?

Speaker: Dr. David Gerhard, Computer Science, University of Regina

Special Info: This is a joint CS/Physics seminar - everyone is welcome to attend!