Statistics say that by 2020 1/3 of the population will be using VR, and by 2022, 3.5 billion will be using AR.
Although it seems like VR and AR were born yesterday, and it’s boomed at the speed of light, these technologies have actually been around much longer than that. Some would say as early as 1838 when Charles Wheatstone introduced his stereoscope. “The stereoscope was a device that allowed a user to look through different holes for each eye, producing two images that would collectively appear larger and three-dimensional.”
Other revolutionaries were Thomas Edison and William Dickson. They invented the kinetoscope in the 19th century. This instrument “used a small piece of film and a light bulb to allow users to look through a peephole and watch at 46 frames per second.”
AR and VR are changing everything that we do… and so fast. I can’t wait to see where all of this can do. But before we can learn and wonder about the future, we need to know and understand the past. I believe it’s essential to know where things come from.
Yet, better than readings all the moments in history, enjoy this fantastic infographic: