Virtual Reality always seemed to be a futuristic project but a very few mass of people knows that the roots of VR goes back to the early 19th century. The early 19th century records the findings of stereoscopic photos and viewers that helped people for virtual tourism.
EARLY EXPERIMENTS (1838-1939)
The technology took a nearly a century for a transition from the stereoscope to lenticular stereoscope to the View-Master by William Gruber in 1939. The technology also gave us the first flight simulator which changed the entire aviation industry in 1929.
THE FOUNDATION (1930-1950)
Virtual reality has now developed its own wings nurture its base. Sci-fi’s and other fictional stories also started talking about VR. Eventually, in couple of decades came Sensorama by Morton Heilig. This new cabinet style theatre served as an immersive experience that plays with all your senses. The cabinet had a stereo speakers, stereoscopic 3D display, fans, smell generators and vibrating chair to entertain user with all armory.
THE TAKE OFF (1960-1990)
After the foundation was led the Virtual Reality took off with new experiments in all other industries. First VR with head mounted display was born in 1960 by the same man Morton Heilig. Many other arcade games were also developed in the same era.
GETTING FUTURE READY (1990-present)
Virtual Reality after getting its head-start has grown into an amazing venture. From failures like SEGA’s prototypes and Nintendo’s Virtual Boy it has learned and evolved to successes like HTC Vive and Oculus. Between everything VR has already marked its importance for the present and coming years.