Hollywood and Virtual Reality 20 Years Ago
In the early 1990’s, the future seemed to be coming soon. Throughout malls in the US, virtual reality video games were on displays with sensors, controllers and head mounted displays. It looked as though some sort of virtual futuristic world was coming in the next couple of years.
Hollywood seemed to be the biggest believers in VR as companies created lots of sci-fi movies. VR never really happened though, definitely not the way the movies showed it as people’s minds essentially being brought into the computer.
Fast forward a few decades and now VR seems to really be happening (although not as crazy as Hollywood showed it in the early 90s). The most well known VR headset, the Oculus Rift is being released this year.
Currently the “cool factor” is being able to look around an area. The thing that will take that to the next level though is the eventual addition of motion sensor and other tools that will help create an out of body experience for your entire body.
The HTC Vive is one of Rift’s competitors. It uses camera sensors that enable you to walk around VR locations. You just need to make sure you have an open room with a good amount of space.
Here are 10 Movies to check out that got Virtual Reality Wrong (and in the rare occasion right):
1) Hackers (1995)
2) The Lawnmower Man (1992)
3) The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
4) Existenz (1999)
5) Tron (1982)
6) The Matrix (1999)
7) Virtuosity (1995)
8) Strange Days (1995)
9) Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
10) Arcade (1993)