Virtual reality is a unique and almost daunting industry. Every decade for the last 60 years or so has brought something new to the table, though it’s never quite surpassed the level of novelty it started with. Well all of that is about to change. We can attribute the exponential growth of VR to the scientists of the past, but there’s more to it.
What it takes is not only looking to the past, but also the future. Our obsession with science fiction puts our imaginations in overdrive where anything is possible. And when anything is possible, technology is not far behind.
Since we’ve been introduced to computers with super speeds and massive capabilties, we were able to let our imaginations run wild. Most of us recall LeVar Burton’s character on Star Trek TNG Geordi La Forge and his iconic VISOR. Though Geordi was blind his VISOR gave him not only the ability to see, but it also monitered vital signs and energy levels.
Today, the first FDA approved visual prosthesis became available for commercial implant. Using a series of electrodes covered on a microchip and implanted at the back of the eye, the wearer is able to see a 60-pixel black and white image.
VR is unique in the way that we can look to both the past and the future for our answers. With what we’ve learned in the last millennium paired with what we imagine for the future, it certainly doesn’t seem so far off anymore.
Learn more about the future of SciFi vision from this infographic!