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How would you respond if you saw The Go in the 1980's

FailrunnerFailrunner Posts: 187
Or 70's. I was born in 81 so I may not know what it was but if you were born earlier and understood what it was I would imagine you would drop a duece in your pants. Lol.


  • JustBob12JustBob12 Posts: 14
    I would think I'm Marty McFly. :)
  • MAC_MAN86MAC_MAN86 Posts: 2,262
    This is an interesting paradox. Would it have been possible for us to build VR units back in the 80s? I know that they were on Tomorrow's World TV seen here (1986) and they said they are being used for architects and Fire Fighting scenarios. They used them to design Control Rooms for Nuclear Power Stations too in the 80s.

  • kojackkojack Posts: 6,003 Volunteer Moderator
    I'd say "It needs to pair with a smart phone? What the hell is that? Are you talking about a PABX system?"
  • RoasterRoaster Posts: 1,053
    The radiation from the CRTs would be a problem.
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  • voxelmaniamvoxelmaniam Posts: 130
    edited May 2018
    There were head mounted displays in the 90s though the graphics were crude by today's standards. I think to have seen something like the Go in the 70s would have been truely mind blowing. CRTs were the primary display technology and they were used to display text. There were vector displays that were derivatives of o-scopes. With the invention of LCD shutter goggles in the late 80s or early 90s, 3D animations could be viewed on computer monitors. Soon after you started seeing head mounted displays using LCD technology. I remember seeing what was considered break-through technology demonstrated at SIGGRAPH in Anaheim in 1993. There were film/video anaglyphs much earlier that amazed audiances of the day but nothing as neat as the Go.

    I was an applications engineer for Vital Images, Inc. from 1991 to 1998. We had  a close working relationship with Silicon Graphics one of the leading manufacturers of graphics workstations in the day. Our software, Voxelview was used to visualize volumetric data from confocal microscopes, CT, NMR & MRI scanners and geophysical seismic surveys among other things as a 3D rendering. An additional program VoxelAnimator could generate sequences of stereo image pairs that when played sequentially on a monitor could be free fused and seen as a 3D projection. Free fusion is a technique whereby the person viewing a stereo pair allows their eyes to individually focus on two different images. The technique results in a very realistic appearing 3D image.
    A voxel is a three dimensional pixel!
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  • desivdesiv Posts: 133
    Not a surprise at all.  I mean, in the labs at Area 51 in the 50's, we were always using..

    Never mind..

    (No, I wasn't actually alive in the 50's.)
  • burning.airlinesburning.airlines Posts: 63
    Hiro Protagonist

    That suit was built in 1989.  If I'd seen the Go back then I would have thought, "hey, they finally made VR practical."  Which is pretty much what I thought in 2018 when I bought one.
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,936 Valuable Player
    edited May 2018
    I would think the same as I do now because if it the Oculus Go was available in the 70's or 80's, it would mean that the tech had already reached that stage.. What I'd like to know is what going to happen 30 years from now. That would be more of a surprise.. 
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