I keep reading all the hype about "VR", and every time I wish I could lecture the author about how almost nothing is actually new or innovative. A lot the technology surrounding VR has it's roots almost 40 years ago !
Here is a short history lesson:
1950's - first experimentation in virtual reality called "Sensorama".
1965 - first headset prototyped.
1972 - first known 3D object created.
1978 - first explorable 3D city was created.
1980 - first virtual reality arcade game was produced called "Battle Zone".
1984 - portable VR headsets first came out .
1984 - first 3D textured game called "3D Monster Maze".
1985 - first data glove was prototyped.
1985 - first online virtual world created, called "Habitat".
late 1980's - NASA was experimenting with the technology for flight controls.
1991 - tilt motion controls were developed for the headset.
1992 - omnidirectional treadmills were first prototyped.
1993 - a data glove was produced for full range motion, including fingers.
1993 - first VR magazine came out.
1994 - first online 3D virtual world created, called "Activeworlds"
1999 - first virtual shopping mall opened.
2003 - first virtual land sold
2009 - first virtual space station sold ( $330,000 USD )