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Flashback Friday: 1980’s Virtual Reality

by Sean P. Aune | March 28, 2014March 28, 2014 10:00 pm PST

Virtual reality is all over the news right now thanks to Facebook acquiring Oculus, but it is certainly nothing new.

As I discussed on this week’s episode of The TechnoBuffalo Show, I’ve been around to watch a lot of different technologies develop, and in particular virtual reality has always been on my radar. The thing is, until recently, it has always been, well, a bit of a joke. It wasn’t due to half-hearted attempts, the technology just wasn’t able to keep up with what needed to be done.

That, however, doesn’t excuse the motorcycle helmet NASA strapped some early goggles to in this video. You’re NASA, you can’t come up with something a bit more interesting looking?

As you can see, at the time Virtual Reality was little more than wire frame models, but it was the first step in a very long journey that results in what we see today, and will experience in our homes in the near future. It took a long time, but we’re finally getting there.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...