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Easy Sterilization – VIM

While the “easy sterilization” part was a little off-putting, this unique HMD was quite light-weight, although thin (not cheap) plastic made it more fragile than most.

VIM

My personal experience with this little fella revolves around the setup for a 1995 client trade show in Lisbon, arriving, VIM in hand, straight off the red-eye. Before I even got started, the cable strain relief at the back of the helmet gave way, and I spent the morning guessing where each of the 30 color-coded wires should be soldered.

For all the factoids, read the VIM Brochure!

CYBERSEX – You’ll Never Buy An X-Rated Video Again!

Apparently Cybertech didn’t anticipate Torrents and the Usenet. Anyway, “sigh-burr-sex” seemed like a slam dunk in ’94. No one seemed concerned that a machine might rub you the wrong way.

Money quotes from the Cybertech Systems marketing slick:

CYBERSEX

  • You can enjoy your “dream partner” any time you want.
  • Frequency depends entirely on you; The words “no” and “headache” do not exist in virtual reality.
  • The safest and most satisfying sexual encounters known to man – always.
  • How often can you handle it?

I shudder to think about the “intensive development:

After 3 years of intensive development he developed the CYBERSEX HOME VR-SIMULATOR SYSTEM.

Blaming the liberal media?

Phil Donahue experimented with it on national TV in front of millions of viewers.

Asked by the author (Cybertech founder):

So what’s in it for us? … My staff and I will be “virtually” set for life, as the expression goes.

In the virtual world, anything is possible!

Lawrence Taylor Teams Up With Virtual Reality

Sidelined in early Nov. 1992, LT was moving on to bigger and better things… Virtual Reality. The VRI-LT Press Release says it all:

Virtual Reality, Inc. (Electronic Bulletin Board — VIRT) has announced today the signing of an agreement with Lawrence Taylor’s All Pro Sports Products, Inc. for the development, commercialization and worldwide marketing of virtual reality sports and entertainment games.

Somewhere I’ve got a photo of Jerry Garcia wearing a VRI head mounted display. Gotta dig through the cartons of analog images.

By the looks of its VRI-Brochure, VRI was covering all the bases. The stock listing and suits bucked the trend in the VR biz.

<p>Virtual Reality, Inc. - eye logo</p>

Introducing a New VRontier!

In early 1993 many friends and associates received this letter:

Distinguished Associate or Friend,

We are pleased to introduce to you the beginning of a new chapter in the progress of virtual reality, in terms of its technology as well as its distribution.

Tier1

For the first time, a head-mounted display is available packed with features requested by users, and for the first time, a virtual reality accessory is being distributed through a network of qualified developers.

A brochure followed:

Tier 1 brochure