Some notes and links, reflecting on the VR mask. The absurdity of the interface is both clumsy and undignified technology orientated experience….
Morton Heilig wanted to create the ‘cinema of the future’ and invented his own stereoscopic camera and projection device. The ‘Sensorama simulator’ also generated vibration, wind and scent. This would have been the first 4D cinema device as early as 1957.
The Sword of Damocles 1968 was the first HMD unit, invented by Ivan Sutherland.
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