The History of Virtual Reality in Entertainment
Billkozy on 10/21/2014
|Computer scientist Jaron Lanier is credited with popularizing the term "virtual reality" in the early 1980s. He was a pioneer in the field of virtual reality who worked for Atari and then left that company to found the first company to sell virtual reality goggles and gloves; that company was VPL Research, Inc.|
However, the term "virtual reality" although not popular back then, can be traced back to the 1938 book The Theatre and Its Double by the French playwright/actor/director Antonin Artaud, in which he described theatre as "la réalité virtuelle".
Ahh, I can still remember sitting with my parents in 1974 watching the movie "Earthquake" and experiencing "Sensurround" in which movie theatres were equipped with specially designed low-frequency speakers to simulate seismic vibrations during the quake scenes.
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