Virtual Reality

  • 5h 45m 37s
  • Samuel Greengard
  • Gildan Media
  • 2019

After years of hype, extended reality―augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR)―has entered the mainstream. Commercially available, relatively inexpensive VR headsets transport wearers to other realities―fantasy worlds, faraway countries, sporting events―in ways that even the most ultra-high-definition screen cannot. AR glasses receive data in visual and auditory forms that are more useful than any laptop or smartphone can deliver. Immersive MR environments blend physical and virtual reality to create a new reality. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, technology writer Samuel Greengard offers an accessible overview of developments in extended reality, explaining the technology, considering the social and psychological ramifications, and discussing possible future directions.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. Why Augmented and Virtual Realities Matter
  • 2. The Many Shapes and Forms of AR and VR
  • 3. The Technology behind the Reality
  • 4. Extended Reality Gets Real
  • 5. Virtual Technologies Change Everything
  • 6. Morality, Ethics, Law, and Social Consequences
  • 7. Embracing an Augmented and Virtual Future