Virtual reality’s roller coaster ride to the mainstream
In 1963, writer, inventor and futurist Hugo Gernsback was the focus of an in-depth piece for Life magazine. In the article, he discussed his teleyeglasses: a head-worn, TV-viewing device he’d conceived of 30 years earlier, well before capable technology existed.
However, the year the Life article was published, Gernsback revisited his idea and had this mockup produced. He believed that technology had advanced to the point where the Teleyeglasses could be manufactured; a device he believed millions would desire. It was a far cry from the virtual reality tech we know today — it was more a technological spinoff of the classic stereoscope from the 1800s — but it did help plant the seeds for the VR movement.
An interesting slideshow gallery through the history of VR.