An interesting article caught my attention today covering a history of Virtual Reality. While we love the modern advancements of simulation technology in healthcare – we should reflect on the long history of virtual reality that has lead us to this recent adoption of technologies heavily utilized by other industries like aviation. Check out this snippet from a new article from RedOrbit entitled The History of Virtual Reality:
“Today, VR technology is big business in many areas of the tech, medical and military community. However, the technology is not a new one, as the term can trace its roots back more than a century. In fact, the first mention of virtual reality can be traced back to the 1860s, when 360-degree art via panoramic murals began to appear. While this may be a very archaic description of the term virtual reality, the future of the technology only gets better.
Simulators, which today are almost everywhere, were introduced in the 1920s. Early vehicle simulators may have helped bring about more futuristic systems that now include flight simulators, golfing simulators, spacecraft simulators, as well as simulation-based video gaming. In fact, Thomas A. Furness III would develop the first visual flight simulator for the US Air Force in 1966.”
- Virtual Reality in Medicine and Surgery Presentation Slides from Duncan Gillies from the Dept. of Computing at Imperial College London
- More Comprehensive History of Virtual Reality and its Social Applications Paper from Samuel Ebersole of the University of Southern Colorado
- Virtual reality in surgery abstract by Rory McCloy, senior lecturer in surgery
- Virtual Reality in the Military – Various articles
- Wikipedia link to Virtual Reality