History of Augmented Reality

The term Augmented Reality has been attributed to Thomas Caudell, a former Boeing researcher, who is believed to have coined the term in 1990. However AR technology has been around for a few decades. The first applications of AR appeared in the late 1960s and 1970s.

In 1962 Morton Heilig, a cinematographer, creater a motorcycle simulator called Sensorama with visuals, sound, vibration, and smell.Sensorama
Picture of the Sensorama retrieved fromhttp://augmentedrealitywiki.com/History_of_Augmented_Reality
Picture of the Sensorama retrieved fromhttp://augmentedrealitywiki.com/History_of_Augmented_Reality

In 1966 Ivan Sutherland developed the first head mounted display.
Sutherland, I. 1968. A head-mounted three-dimensional display. In Proceeding of the Fall Joint Computer Conference. AFIPS Conference Proceedings, vol. 33. AFIPS, Arlington, VA., 757- 764

Head mounted display. Retrieved from http://augmentedrealitywiki.com/History_of_Augmented_Reality
Head mounted display. Retrieved from http://augmentedrealitywiki.com/History_of_Augmented_Reality


In 1975 Myron Krueger creates Videoplace that allows users to interact with virtual objects for the first time.Videoplace

Early mobile applications began to appear in 2008, and several AR mapping and social tools are now on the market. By the 1990s, AR was being used by several major companies for visualization, training, and other purposes. The evolution of wireless technology and AR applications are driving the development of AR. These new technologies that make AR possible are powerful and compact enough to deliver AR experiences to personal computers and mobile devices. The application of AR for education particularly in K-12 and post secondary education is just beginning to be explored. Its use for training in the fields of Medicine and the Military is more advanced.

Watch this video from Rocket Boom.com that gives a short history of AR since the 1990's