Vive Archive

Exploring Industry Uses of Virtual Reality: Medical

After first donning a virtual reality headset, a common reaction is rampant speculation. What use could this technology have beyond mere entertainment? One of the fields many are experimenting with is medical. Medical uses for virtual reality fall into two broad categories: 1. as a training aid or visualizer prior to an invasive procedure; and […]

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 […]

Valve’s Lighthouse Patent is Under Third-Party Scrutiny

The Vive has a massive advantage over competitors: the lighthouse. Also called a base station, the lighthouse is an elegant solution to the complex problem of accurately tracking in real-time a VR user in 3-dimensional space. View the Valve’s patent application For the purposes of this article, it is sufficient to understand that the base-station […]

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 […]