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Immersive Technology (VR, AR, XR)

Guide to assist with research on virtual reality.

What is Immersive Technology?

Virtual Reality (VR) was first introduced in 1989 by Jarron Lanier, but the definition of it was unclear until 1992. In 1995 Steuer, Biocca and Levy explained how VR is similar to other types of media in that it delivers human created experiences, but is unique in that VR is the only media where this experience is interactive. 

For example, if you just watch a movie with Oculus Rift, it is hard to say that the experience is VR.  But if the views or images of the movie are changed by the viewers action, then this differentiates the experiences as VR. 

Augmented Reality (AR) takes digital elements and incorporates them into the users perception of the real world, unlike VR which completely replaces the real world with a fabricated one.  The most well known applications for this is with entertainment, seen with apps such as Snapchat and Pokemon Go.




Development Platforms

Unreal Engine 4


Unreal Engine 4 vs. Unity: Which Game Engine Is Best for You?
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Immersive Technology at Temple University

The Immersive Visualization Studio is a sound dampened room is designed for up to 10 people to simultaneously participate in immersive experiences with virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. We offer a variety of VR headsets as well as an omni-directional treadmill and rotating chair.


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Jasmine Clark
The Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio
Charles Library
1330 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122