a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body. Abbreviation: VR
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Origin of virtual reality
First recorded in 1980–85
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Examples from the Web for virtual reality
Douglas Rushkoff on Internet-driven ADD, virtual-reality delusions, and how computers changed how you think.
I watched as Bailenson had a subject sit in a chair and experience a virtual-reality simulation of herself eating food.
British Dictionary definitions for virtual reality
a computer-generated environment that, to the person experiencing it, closely resembles realityAbbreviation: VR See also virtual (def. 4)
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Science definitions for virtual reality
A computer simulation of a real or imaginary world or scenario, in which a user may interact with simulated objects or living things in real time. More sophisticated virtual reality systems place sensors on the user's body to sense movements that are then interpreted by the system as movements in the simulated world; binocular goggles are sometimes used to simulate the appearance of objects in three dimensions.
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Culture definitions for virtual reality
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