The Sword of Damocles: Early head-mounted display

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Date
1967 ca.
Copyright Owner
© Harvard University
Keywords
Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Sutherland, Ivan; Sproull, Bob; Harvard University
Object ID
102680042

Harvard computer science professor Ivan Sutherland created this virtual reality head-mounted display, jokingly referred to as “The Sword of Damocles” because of the large overhead beam required to support its weight. His student Bob Sproull assisted with the design. An early application showed a three-dimensional wire-frame virtual room that users like this man could explore by moving their heads.