Headset, Virtual Reality, Prototype

Headset, Virtual Reality, Prototype

     

This is a hand-built, prototype headset for one of the first "Virtual Reality" displays ever built. Developed at the NASA-Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California and completed in 1985, it was intended to test concepts of presenting visual information to pilots or astronauts, by creating a computer-generated image of an artificial reality. Sensors tracked the movement of the wearer's head, so that the images displayed moved accordingly, as if he or she were looking out a real cockpit during a flight.

James Humphries donated this to the Museum in 1997.

Gift of James Humphries

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA Ames Research Center

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Human Spaceflight

Type
EQUIPMENT-Training Devices

Materials
Armature - Styrofoam on which it is mounted
Frame - metal
Headphones - metal, plastic
Dimensions
Other: 1 ft. 5 in. diameter x 5 in. tall x 1 ft. 1 in. wide (43.2 x 12.7 x 33cm)

This is a hand-built, prototype headset for one of the first "Virtual Reality" displays ever built. Developed at the NASA-Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California and completed in 1985, it was intended to test concepts of presenting visual information to pilots or astronauts, by creating a computer-generated image of an artificial reality. Sensors tracked the movement of the wearer's head, so that the images displayed moved accordingly, as if he or she were looking out a real cockpit during a flight.

James Humphries donated this to the Museum in 1997.

Gift of James Humphries

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA Ames Research Center

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Human Spaceflight

Type
EQUIPMENT-Training Devices

Materials
Armature - Styrofoam on which it is mounted
Frame - metal
Headphones - metal, plastic
Dimensions
Other: 1 ft. 5 in. diameter x 5 in. tall x 1 ft. 1 in. wide (43.2 x 12.7 x 33cm)

ID: A19970613000