Wireless sensor networks and personal area networks for data integration in a virtual reality environment
Eekhoff, Eric L. (2004) Wireless sensor networks and personal area networks for data integration in a virtual reality environment. Masters thesis, Iowa State University.
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A Virtual Reality (VR) system allows users to participate in and be a part of a synthetic environment. The ability to gather information about a VR environment is vital for providing fully immersive experiences for the users of that VR environment. Furthermore, the need for wireless transmission of this environmental information is quickly being realized. The ability to track user and environmental changes requires the transmission and collection of data from many sensors. This thesis examines possible methods for wireless transmission of VR environmental sensor data. An overview of the major constraints for wireless communications in a VR environment is provided. These constraints are latency, bandwidth, and interference. Several technologies, including Wireless Sensor Networks and Personal Area Networks, are studied. A network architecture for a wireless sensor system is suggested and various communication methods, protocols, and platforms are analyzed.
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