Virtual Reality: Engineering Applications, Promises and Challenges


Virtual reality (VR) techniques provide natural interactions between the virtual environment and the user. They enable the user to create, modify and manipulate 3D models intuitively, and at the same time allow the user to visualize and analyze data in an immersive virtual environment. By immersing the user in the virtual environment, virtual reality reveals spatially complex structures in a way that makes them easy to understand and study. VR has been applied to many aspects of the modern society and is becoming an increasingly important technology in a number of fields including design, manufacturing, medicine, entertainment, training, etc. This paper provides a review of virtual reality technology and its engineering applications, and also discusses the future promises and challenges of this technology.

Meeting Name

2nd International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

3D Models; Complex Structure; Engineering Applications; Immersive Virtual Environments; Natural Interactions; Virtual Environments; Virtual Reality Technology

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2005

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