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The Sword of Damocles

Early pioneering tech from 1968 is a stereoscopic headmounted display created by Ivan Sutherland, the first Virtual Reality technology:

Computer graphics pioneer Ivan Sutherland models a stereoscopic display he created at Harvard using miniature TV tubes. An early application showed a three-dimensional wire-frame virtual room that users could explore by moving their heads.

I couldn’t locate a demonstration of the wireframe rooms (but if anyone knows … let me know!)

Images above are from the Computer History Museum here and here

Papers written by Ivan Sutherland from 1965 on the subject can be found here and here

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In the wake of Facebook’s purchase of Oculus VR, can this revolutionary technology triumph anew?


"Imagine 10 years ago trying to envision the way we use cellphones today. It’s impossible. That’s the promise VR has today. VR at its best shouldn’t replace real life, just modify it, giving us access to so much just out of reach physically, economically. If you can dream it, VR can make it. It’s a medium for progress, not the progress itself."

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Olivetti typewriters


Olivetti typewriters

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Spotted at #SDCC: #Hatsune Miku in the palm of your hand!

I’ve mused before rather generally about how the technology for hologram simulations and, hopefully one day, holograms themselves will deliver these presentations into the palm of our hands. It’s happening already.

Hako Vision Hatsune Miku, available Aug. 11 (just 500 yen/$5 US), is a small box with a clear plate on one side. (It even sells with a piece of gum attached!) Open the box, set the stage (pieces included), and use your smartphone to scan a barcode on the box. Your phone then begins playing a video. Lay your phone screen down on the top of the box, and the video will appear semi-holographically within the clear plate on the side. It’s a mini-Pepper’s ghost!

The first Miku editions come with two songs each: “Tell Your World” and “Nijigen Dream Fever,” and “World Is Mine” and “Story Rider.” One announcement of the product reports: “A portion of the Hako Vision stage data will be given out for free as part of the user-participation projects and general users will be able to contribute their own original Hatsune Miku videos.”

Watch a set-up and presentation video here of a previous fireworks-related version

Preorder on Amazon Japan in Japan, or here internationally.

And they said View-Masters were obsolete…

(Top photo by Emily York)

A supercut of how hacking looked to 1980s moviemakers … remember when entering a computer system was all virtual tunnels and dazzling light shows? Can we actually institute that, please?


IBM Magnetic Tape Reels by SCVHA on Flickr.

When you could *hear* data working …

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In Vegas this weekend, encountered my first virtual blackjack dealer.

Of note: these tables were almost always empty compared to the regular video screens and human dealers.

This is the first thing I’ve seen that makes me actually *want* a wearable/#GoogleGlass — Thermal Touch turns the world into a touchscreen.

Check out more info here.

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