A Little VR History
Virtual reality means creating massive, computer made environments that seem so real that the users of VR technology feel that they are in real life. The idea is to create a real image using visual and auditory senses to create the virtual world. Virtual reality systems were difficult to create until now.
VR systems began to be created in the 1930s, but at that time, it was referring to theatre. Morton Hellig, a cinematographer created the Sensorama device in the 1960s. The machine was a binocular-like device giving a 3D effect.
VR headsets were designed to make visuals more realistic as well as to block any outside distractions.
When modern computers arrived, science fiction writers realized the idea of creating an environment that would look and feel original. One example of this was seen in Ray Bradbury’s short story, “The Veldt” in 1950. Better computers and graphics processors got designers focused on creating video games that would feel more real, which in turn helped further spur the evolution of VR.
The United States military decided to use virtual reality systems to train their pilots. But it was found that traditional flight simulators were better than VR simulators, because virtual reality simulators users got nauseous.
As time goes on, VR technology and products continuously evolve. It’s safe to say that in 2016, things in the VR world are progressing much faster than they ever have before.
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