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On Monday, representatives from Tennessee Technological University will be at the Tennesssee Aquarium to show off the River Ecosystem Conservation virtual reality experience. A demo unit will be set up in the lobby of the River Journey Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although it recently has re-entered the spotlight, VR has been a techie dream for decades. Here are some of the milestones on the road to making virtual a reality: * 1962: Morton Heilig patents the Sensorama Simulator, an enclosed booth in which viewers are shown short films that "stimulate the nervous system" with a combination of 3-D images "binaural sound, breezes, odor and tactile sensations." * 1965: Ivan Sutherland, director of the Information Processing Techniques Office of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, creates The Sword of Damocles, a head-mounted display that changes the image by tracking the user's head movement through a headset attached to a mechanical arm suspended from the ceiling.