Back to the Future: The Sensorama

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The Sensorama. Patented by Morton Heilig 1961

The year is 1961 and Morton Heilig has just patented his amazing invention. With the birth of the Sensorama arguably came the birth of Augmented Reality.

So, what did the Sensorama do?

The Sensorama aimed to try and create a fully immersive viewing experience. The film was three-dimensional and in colour for a start (a thing we probably take for granted these days). But, that’s not really the interesting part. The interesting part was the way it gave viewers the feeling of motion, sounds, smells and the feeling of wind on one’s face. Pretty impressive by even today’s standards.

Why was it important?

This kind of invention showed just how revolutionary Augmented Reality could be. It really was ahead of its time, even if the quality of the film wasn’t HD!

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