Wireless sensor networks and personal area networks for data integration in a virtual reality environment

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2004-01-01
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Eekhoff, Eric
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) contains two focuses. The focus on Electrical Engineering teaches students in the fields of control systems, electromagnetics and non-destructive evaluation, microelectronics, electric power & energy systems, and the like. The Computer Engineering focus teaches in the fields of software systems, embedded systems, networking, information security, computer architecture, etc.

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The Department of Electrical Engineering was formed in 1909 from the division of the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. In 1985 its name changed to Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In 1995 it became the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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1909-present

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  • Department of Electrical Engineering (1909-1985)
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (1985-1995)

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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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