How Virtual Reality Works

Course 2 of 3:Professional Certificate in Virtual Reality (VR) App Development 6 Weeks 5 - 7 Hours per week recommended
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About this course

Virtual reality is changing the way we interact with the world. But how does it work, what hardware is involved, and how is software written for it?

In this course, part of the Virtual Reality Professional Certificate program, we will explore the foundations of user-friendly virtual reality app development for consumers, as well as enterprise solutions. Both hardware and software aspects will be discussed. You will learn to evaluate devices necessary for virtual reality applications, what their differences are, how you write interactive applications for virtual reality, and we will discuss the most frequent problems you are going to need to solve to write virtual reality software.

In this course, you will explore the basics of virtual reality software through copying and modifying JavaScript to explore tradeoffs in VR application design. Extensive programming experience is not required.

By the end of this course, you will understand what is important for successful virtual reality software and learn how to write simple virtual reality programs themselves with WebVR.

This course is taught by an instructor with almost two decades of experience in virtual reality who leads the Immersive Visualization Laboratory at UC San Diego.

What you’ll learn

  • Types of virtual reality devices and their strengths and weaknesses
  • How virtual reality applications differ from other interactive software programs
  • What makes a virtual reality application successful
  • What to avoid when writing virtual reality software
  • Basic VR programming using WebVR

Syllabus

  • Week 1: VR definition and display systems
  • Week 2: 3D Tracking and Input Devices
  • Week 3: How to interact with the VR environment
  • Week 4: How to move around in VR
  • Week 5: 3D Menus and Text Input
  • Week 6: VR app design

Meet your instructor

Jurgen P. Schulze

Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at UC San Diego Jurgen teaches computer graphics and virtual reality at UC San Diego. His research interests include applications for virtual and augmented reality systems, 3D human-computer interaction, and medical data visualization. He holds an M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department at Brown University.
3899

Duration

6 Weeks

Experience Level

Introductory

Learning Partner

University of California San Diego

Program Type

Professional Certificate