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National Research Council, Committee on Virtual Reality Research and Development, Virtual Reality: Scientific and Technological Challenges (Nathaniel I. Durlach & Anne S. Mavor eds. 1995) (full-text).


Despite widespread interest in virtual reality, research and development efforts in synthetic environments (SE) — the field encompassing virtual environments, teleoperation, and hybrids — have remained fragmented.

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