Analysis Of Ken Hillis 's ' The Book '

1432 WordsSep 23, 20166 Pages
Research Conducted: Ken Hillis, the author of the book, focuses on the theories behind the absolute, relative, and relational spaces within virtual reality, and he conducts an ethnographic study to experience the use of virtual reality. He dives into virtual reality in media in order to find a meaning behind technology interfaces. Hillis looks closely at how digital and optical technologies interplays in society, and he provides his perspective on the cultural power of digital sensations. He looks at the simulations of reality that people have with what he calls “informational technologies,” in order to see how space and time are shortened and to see how these experiences overlap with social relations and meanings. In his book, he explores the possibility of VR becoming a complete substitute for substantive reality. Materials Studies: To better comprehend the virtual environment, Hillis spend most of his time in head-mounted displays (HMD) along with either an exoskeletal device or a vibrotactile feedback glove. He experiences the VR technology firsthand with fifteen virtual environment samples (i.e. a “weapons systems in Virtual Trials” developed as a part of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)). These tools were to help him understand “geographic fantasies” and the substantive experiences that followed. Conclusions: He narrowed his focus to look at the representational forms of virtual environments. He recognizes the fact that the utilitarian potential of virtual
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