Virtual and Augmented Reality: Geräte und Methoden

SS 2.0, 186.156

Anton Fuhrmann



Preliminary grades

Grades will be finalized on October 15th, if you have questions or need the grade earlier, mail me!

June 28th,

Final Test! (@VRVis)

Subject: Everything covered this semester.
Reminder: The lecture notes are NOT sufficient learning material!

June 21st,

Next lecture.

VRVis has moved!
Lecture at our new location!

May 17th,


Midterm Test! (@VRVis)

Subject: Display Devices and Stereoscopy. The supplied lecture notes are not sufficient if you have not attended!

Register for the exam by mail!

Alternatively submit a VR app concept per mail until May 17th, 16:00:
1-2 pages, what the result should look like, on which setup you will implement it, what tools you will use. Sketches may help.

Groups up to two students are possible, if the split of the workload is clearly defined.

March 22th, 17:00

1st Lecture @ VRVis
The weekly lectures will be held at this time and place, unless otherwise noted here o this page.
How to get there

March 17th, 17:00 Introduction/Start of lecture:
Friday, March 17th, 17:00
Room#HA0509 ("Besprechungsraum"), Favoritenstr. 9, 5. floor

Since all the administrative information is dealt with in the introduction, students not attending may miss out on hardware reservations, exam info and additional topics. So be there or send a mail.

SS 2.0, 186.156 VU, by arrangement

Since the practical part of the lecture is limited by the available hardware resources, only a limited number of students/workgroups can be accepted.

Oral exam at end of term.


Later lectures will be held at the VRVis research center, dates by arrangement.
(how to get there).


Written exams at midterm and end of semester.

Lab project

As an alternative to the exam, you can do a short VR lab project:

  • 1-2 students per group
  • must be done within 3 months
  • work@home or @VRVis
  • may be own themes
  • mail me:

General Information

This course describes devices and techniques used in Virtual Reality applications. It is intended to serve as an introduction into the practical implementation of VR and deals directly with the problems and the special circumstances in the realization of a virtual environment.
It is complemented by the course Virtual Reality in the winter term.

During this course students will gain practical experience with VR-devices and applications, like the ones depicted on the right.

Main Contents:

  • history of VR
  • 3D display hardware:
  • stereo projection
  • auto stereoscopic displays
  • head-mounted displays (try our Oculus DK2!)
  • 3D input hardware:
  • tracking (optical, magnetical, inertial, mechanical, ...)
  • depth imaging
  • haptic feedback
  • locomotion (virtual walking)
  • "exotic" devices: stimulate smell, balance, 3D scan...
  • VR set-up integration specifics

Recommended prerequisites:

  • english reading skills (obviously)
  • Computergraphics course
  • interest in real-time graphics, virtual reality methods and hardware

Additional information:

Instead of an exam, student can implement a simple (or even complicated, if you want) VR-application.

Teamwork is possible and will be encouraged. Students can implement their work at home, but due to the hardware-dependent nature at least part of the development has to be performed at the VRVis research center.


PDF icon AdvancedTopicsVR_Vorlesung_2017_Display_Devices.pdf6.87 MB
PDF icon AdvancedTopicsVR_Vorlesung_2017_Stereoscopy.pdf1.51 MB
PDF icon AdvancedTopicsVR_Vorlesung_2017_Tracking.pdf5.14 MB
PDF icon AdvancedTopicsVR_Vorlesung_2017_Calibration.pdf3.54 MB
PDF icon 2017_Noten.pdf34.17 KB