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October 2006

Merging the Worlds of Atoms and Bits: Augmented Virtual Environments

Hong Hua

Interactive 3D visualization has found myriad applications in flight simulation, scientific visualization, training and education. This article reviews recent advancements in creating interactive augmented virtual environments that integrate digital information into the fabric of the physical world and enhance our sensory perceptions.


A Second Kind of Light

In addition to its role in the human visual system, light helps to regulate the timing of many biological functions, including the sleep-wake cycle and the production of key hormones. Scientists are just beginning to understand how light stimulates the circadian system, and its consequent effect on people’s health and well-being.

Welcome to the Wonderful World of 3D: How to Create the Parallax Effect (Part2)

In the July/August issue of Optics & Photonics News, we began this four-part series with an article on the history and principles of three-dimensional imaging. This second installment provides instructions for a series of experiments that will allow you to generate 3D images for yourself by creating the parallax effect.



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