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Back In The Day – Japan 1990

Based on a mix of US and Japanese technology, this brief news segment shows a vibrant VR community in 1990 Japan. There's gloves and HMDs from VPL, although the LCD displays inside the helmet are from Sony Japan. There's also a nice augmented reality...

Night vision goggles of Red Army!

Suddenly, I found the information that USSR army, just before World War 2 developed electronic head-mounted infra-red night-vision goggles for tank crew! It is not exactly a virtual reality subject, but nevertheless it's early days of...

Mnemonic’s MRG2.2 Upgrade – Augmented Reality + Kinect

Several months ago I shipped off an MRG2.2 to Mnemonic in the Ukraine. He said he wanted to do a few mods and some experimenting. Little did I know that he would put together a totally sweet augmented reality system, where the view inside the...

And I’m Never Going Back To My Old School

Two snippets from the old, old school of VR, circa 1991, pitching a reputable UK firm - Division (acquired by PTC in 1999.) Featured are a couple of helmets from VPL Research using LEEP optics and cloth/velcro enclosures. One HMD appears to have been...

Siggraph ’95 – Upon Further Observation

Who can remember doing all their 3D animation in MS-DOS? Back in the day, there was Gary Yost's 3D-Studio (not Max!) licensed to and supported by AutoDesk. Now, who remembers creating stereoscopic animation with 3D Studio? VREX had a great little plugin...