This is a video displaying the capabilities of SIMNET which was a multi-user military simulator that went online in 1987. A few interesting quotes from the latter half of the video should have you thinking about the future of virtual reality systems.
“…you’ll be able to create anything, from a synthetic battlefield to a synthetic factory, all using the same core technology.”
“Anything that you can conceive of can be put on a network.”
“…all the way down to the guy bringing lunch out to the troops.
I’ve been tinkering with my new HTC Vive VR headset and was recently able to wirelessly stream the stereoscopic image to an iPhone 6. This was accomplished using Moonlight for iOS, a HTC Vive VR HMD, and a gaming rig loaded with a i7-6700k 4GHz CPU and a 980ti Hybrid GPU. This setup currently only mirrors what is displayed on the Vive.
When asked what piece of science fiction technology would you like to see become a reality, one of the top answers will invariably be the Holodeck, a virtual reality world…
NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, Expedition 37/38 flight engineer, uses virtual reality hardware in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to rehearse some of his duties on the upcoming mission to the International Space Station.