Virtual Reality : The Digital Reality

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Much of what we think of virtual reality today comes from the recent advancements in gaming and virtual reality headsets. The definition of virtual reality which is “the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special equipment”. Many people do not know that virtual reality has been a concept ever since the 1930’s. With that being said many departments have been taking advantage of this technology throughout the years including NASA and the military (Strickland 10).
In the 1960’s Morton Heilig, a cinematographer paved the way for the first virtual reality device named the “Sensorama”. It was a big device shaped like an arcade game that allowed the user to experience riding a motorcycle through a city all the while being able to smell, feel, see, and hear the objects around them. In the end this prototype failed because it was not cost effective and was only a mechanical device. Heilig pathed the way for future developments in the virtual reality department that would make huge breakthroughs.
In 1961 the first head mounted display system was invented by Philco Corporation. It was a helmet that included “a video screen and tracking system, which engineers linked to a closed circuit camera system” (Strickland 9). The objective of the HMD was to be able to remotely view an environment by rotating the display. This lead to a company called Bell Laboratories…

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