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Tracing VR’s Lineage: Virtual Reality in 1990

Virtual Reality is often thought of as a groundbreaking and new technology, but it is actually the result of a sporadic course of development dating to at least the 1950s. I have written earlier about a patent from 1957 which discloses a Head Mounted Display (HMD) which closely resembles modern HMDs. Moving forward in time […]

Ahead of its Time: a VR Patent from 1957

When one hears the words “virtual reality,” images are conjured up of high-tech computers, modern technology, and millions of dollars of research and development. Clearly, up until recently, we simply did not have the technological know-how or powerful enough computers to create a VR headset. At least that was my assumption. Enter the United States […]