Week 1

Introduction to the Course and a Bunch of Demos

Overview of the Course

The big goals for the course

Safety Information

As one of the primary goals of virtual reality is to immerse you in a simulated world, and of augmented reality to combine the real world with a virtual world. the various technologies make extensive use of motion tracking, interactive graphics, and sound. This can lead to varying degrees of simulator sickness including nausea, fatigue, headache, eyestrain, vertigo, and dizziness with different devices and different computer generated or enhanced environments.


HTC has a pretty nice set of safety guidelines for the use of the VIVE  that are generally applicable:


and of course there are lots of videos on YouTube of people hurting themselves, or others, or the technology, or their surroundings while in VR:


and videos of people having similar AR issues with Pokemon Go:

As the title of the class suggests, we will be doing a lot of work with these technologies. The first project will be an augmented reality application and the second project will involve the creation and demonstration of a virtual reality world with the VIVE, which will require spending time in VR to create these worlds, so be sure that you are comfortable with doing this.

Most people are fine with VR/AR, and people do tend to feel less simulator sickness with repeated usage, but some people have serious issues, just as some people get car sick, so I want to be sure right from the first classes that everyone knows what they are getting into.


You really need to experience Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to understand why they are different than other interactive computer programs, so we are going to spend some time in the first week running various applications to give everyone a better idea what the class will be about.

We will be breaking the class into groups and running various Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality demos.

In the classroom:

In the main evl lab:

Everyone should try and experience all of the different technologies this week, though we will be doing more demos throughout the term, so this won't be your only opportunity.

Reflecting on the Demos

As you experience the different demos you should think about the advantages and disadvantages of each platform and where each is most applicable. For the first assignment, by Friday 8/31/18 at 9pm Chicago time you should create a public web page, which we will continue to use for the remaining assignments and projects, so please create a landing page where in future you can add links to a number of other pages. Write one 8.5" x 11", 10pt font, normal margins equivalent amount of text about the advantages and disadvantages of the different VR and AR platforms. Email the location of this page to Andy so he can add it into the course webpages.

One place to start, if you don't have a public website already, is people.uic.edu (http://people.uic.edu). You can use UIC's vpn (http://accc.uic.edu/service/vpn) to mount this directory on your personal computer for ease of moving files around (smb://<yourID>.people.uic.edu/). You can use any other hosting service you wish, but these pages must be publicly viewable by everyone in the class at least until the end of the course. You can use any publicly available templates as long as you cite them, or create your own.

Akintoye, Funmilola https://lolaakintoye.github.io/cs491.html
Alam, Hibah https://sites.google.com/a/uic.edu/cs491halam/
Almoujahed, Zaynab https://sites.google.com/view/zaynab-almoujahed/home
Arellano, Daisy http://darell3.weebly.com/
Atra, Ahmad https://sites.google.com/uic.edu/ahmad-atra/uic-courses/cs-491-arvr
Bellini, Alberto http://cs491.albertomariobellini.com/
Bhurani, Latika https://cofiene.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/week-2-getting-started-with-ar/
Condrella, Kayla https://sites.google.com/uic.edu/kaylacondrella/home
Datta, Adhokshith https://adk-cs491.000webhostapp.com/
Dolat, Dana https://sites.google.com/uic.edu/danadolat/cs-491
Flebbe, Zachary https://zflebbe.github.io/
Haynie, Mark https://mhaynie2.wixsite.com/mysite
Hruby, Raymond https://rhruby2.people.uic.edu/
Hughes, Edward https://eddevs.com/cs491/
Huynh, Eric https://ehuynh3.people.uic.edu/
Jaiswal, VANI https://vjais.github.io/index.html
Jamal, Azam https://sites.google.com/uic.edu/ajamal6-cs-491-site/
Janowski, Christopher https://cjanow3.people.uic.edu/arvr.html
Jhanwar, Srishti https://thesjblog.wordpress.com/cs-491-projects-and-assignments/
Kidwai, Abdullah https://sites.google.com/view/akidwa2-uic-cs491/home
Krishnamoorthy, Ramanathan https://rkrish25.people.uic.edu/
Kuhn, Heather
Kulkarni, Shreyas Chandrakant https://skulka26.people.uic.edu/AboutMe.html
Lee, Christopher https://sites.google.com/uic.edu/clee244
Lubek, Frank https://sites.google.com/a/uic.edu/flubekcs491/home
Manchundiya, Vinay https://vinaymanchundiya.github.io/
Mantovani, Mirko https://mmanto2.people.uic.edu/virtualreality.html
Marziali, Matteo https://mmarzi2.people.uic.edu/cs491-VAR/VR.html
Molina, Kevin https://sites.google.com/uic.edu/cs491virtual-augmented-reality/home
Nagulapalli, Sai Sharan
Nishimoto, Ryan https://sites.google.com/uic.edu/nishimo1/cs491
Norman, Charlotte https://cnorma4.people.uic.edu/
Phaltankar, Sai https://sphalt2.people.uic.edu/arvr.html
Puthota, Reena
Rastogi, Mayank https://mrasto3.people.uic.edu/
Sagar, Swapnil https://swapnilsagar04.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/ar-vr/
Sandrelli, Federico https://fsandr2.people.uic.edu/
Santambrogio, Davide https://dsanta20.people.uic.edu/
Sonzogni, Stefano https://ssonzo2.people.uic.edu/home.html
Stranczek, Steve https://sstran2.people.uic.edu/VRLink.html
Taj, Talha https://sites.google.com/uic.edu/491ttaj/home?pli=1&authuser=1
Takkar, Arshdeep https://arshdefoamed.github.io/CS491/index.html
Thiruvarpu Neelakantan, Sai Krishnan https://sthiru5.people.uic.edu/
Tran, Anh https://atran40.people.uic.edu/
Tricarico, Andrea https://atrica2.people.uic.edu/home.html
Vannia Samy, Ramnarayanan https://ram15144.github.io/ar-vr.html
Vega, Diego https://dvega3.github.io/cs491.html

Project 1 Out

Coming Next Time

Tools we are going to use in the class

last revision 10/8/18- updated web links