Virtual reality system

  • US 7,224,326 B2
  • Filed: 03/03/2004
  • Issued: 05/29/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/03/2004
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A virtual reality (VR) system comprising:

  • an image playback system having a storage device for maintaining a plurality of images where each image has a field-of-view defining an X direction and a Y direction;

    an image viewing device operatively communicating with said image playback system for displaying a portion of said plurality of images to a user;

    a directional sensor operatively communicating with said playback system for defining a viewing direction of the user in both of said X and Y directions;

    a forward and rearward moving device for defining a Z direction; and

    a speed sensor operably connected to said moving device and operatively communicating with said playback system for providing a rate of change of said plurality of images in said Z direction;

    said VR system characterized by said image playback system having a controller operatively connected to said storage device for simultaneously coordinating said X and Y directions of said directional sensor and said Z direction of said speed sensor such that said viewing direction and said rate of change are interlaced to automatically change said portion of said plurality of images displayed by said image viewing device in said X, Y, and Z directions when the user moves the directional sensor in at least one of the X and Y directions and simultaneously moves the moving device in the Z direction.

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