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In hindsight the experience Weinbaum describes for those wearing the goggles are uncannily like the modern and emerging experience of virtual reality, making him a true visionary of the field.

The later development of the popular View-Master stereoscope (patented 1939), was used for “virtual tourism”.

The design principles of the Stereoscope is used today for the popular Google Cardboard and low budget VR head mounted displays for mobile phones.

  In the 1930s a story by science fiction writer Stanley G.

Weinbaum (Pygmalion’s Spectacles) contains the idea of a pair of goggles that let the wearer experience a fictional world through holographics, smell, taste and touch.

Virtual reality has beginnings that preceded the time that the concept was coined and formalised.

In this detailed history of virtual reality we look at how technology has evolved and how key pioneers have paved the path for virtual reality as we know it today.

He also created six short films for his invention all of which he shot, produced and edited himself.

The Sensorama films were titled, Motorcycle, Belly Dancer, Dune Buggy, helicopter, A date with Sabina and I’m a coca cola bottle!

In 1961, two Philco Corporation engineers (Comeau & Bryan) developed the first precursor to the HMD as we know it today – the Headsight.

It incorporated a video screen for each eye and a magnetic motion tracking system, which was linked to a closed circuit camera.

Handcuffs displayed in such a room would be confining, and a bullet displayed in such a room would be fatal.