Simulation technology takes 2 steps forward, while staying in place

The Virtualizer allows users to walk through virtual spaces without moving in the real world.

Commercially available head-mounted devices, which display three dimensional images according to viewing direction, already allow users to explore computer generated worlds. However, it hasn’t been possible yet to walk through these virtual realities without bumping into very real obstacles.

A team of researchers at the Vienna University of Technology has now built a so-called ‘Virtualizer’, which is claimed to allow for an almost natural walk through virtual spaces.

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