In this course, part of the Virtual Reality Professional Certificate program, you will learn how to build a VR engine from the ground up, so you fully understand the entire rendering pipeline from 3D model to pixels in the VR display. We will also cover motion prediction, 3D stereo, lens distortion, time warp, and other optimizations for a fluid, realistic VR experience.
You will also learn how to implement the most important VR interaction concepts such as selection, manipulation, travel, wayfinding, menus, and text input in Unity.
Unity is a GUI based programming environment, in which much of the programming can be done through dialog windows. It also supports scripts written in C#, which as we will show will allow for more complex VR functionality.
What you learn about VR programming in this course will help you write VR games, architectural walkthroughs, engineering simulations, 3D data viewers, medical training applications, and many more.
Topics of study
Developing professional VR apps using Unity 3D
Running Unity 3D applications in VR on a smartphone
Creating a 3D environment from scratch in game engines
Selecting and manipulating objects with various input types
Moving around a 3D world using unique locomotion methods
Creating intuitive 3D menus to control applications
Designing unique methods of 3D interaction
Inputting alphanumeric information, such as text and numbers, in VR
Building tools to help users navigate 3D environments
Learning key usability goals and pitfalls for virtual reality
Basic linear algebra skills in vector and matrix mathematics, as well as coordinate system transformations
Basic programming experience in C, C++ or C#
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