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DataGlove
DataGlove
Published: 2012/07/13
Channel: teazer999999
Virtual Reality from 1990, Jaron Lanier, Eye phones,
Virtual Reality from 1990, Jaron Lanier, Eye phones,
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: Clips & Footage
vpl.ca - Research
vpl.ca - Research
Published: 2008/02/08
Channel: Electriclibraryland
1990s Atari VPL Virtual Reality Research Lab, 90s Tech
1990s Atari VPL Virtual Reality Research Lab, 90s Tech
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: thekinolibrary
An Interview with Mitch Altman (Inventor and Virtual Reality Pioneer from the 80
An Interview with Mitch Altman (Inventor and Virtual Reality Pioneer from the 80's)
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: hackertrips
Das Heimkino von Uwe - mit schalldurchlässiger Motorleinwand und 4K SONY Projektor
Das Heimkino von Uwe - mit schalldurchlässiger Motorleinwand und 4K SONY Projektor
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: GROBI.TV
Who Owns the Future?
Who Owns the Future?
Published: 2016/09/09
Channel: Microsoft Research
VPL Module1 overall video part 1
VPL Module1 overall video part 1
Published: 2010/12/03
Channel: virtualproteomicslab
VPL Module_2 video_Maldi-Tof
VPL Module_2 video_Maldi-Tof
Published: 2011/04/08
Channel: virtualproteomicslab
The Surveillance Economy and Extreme Income Inequality: You Can
The Surveillance Economy and Extreme Income Inequality: You Can't Have One Without the Other
Published: 2014/02/19
Channel: CITRIS
vpl.ca - Digging Deeper
vpl.ca - Digging Deeper
Published: 2008/02/08
Channel: Electriclibraryland
Science of Laser Hair Removal in SLOW MOTION
Science of Laser Hair Removal in SLOW MOTION
Published: 2016/03/30
Channel: Veritasium
Cyberspace - The New Explorers
Cyberspace - The New Explorers
Published: 2013/07/28
Channel: Timothy Leary
vpl.ca - Introduction
vpl.ca - Introduction
Published: 2008/02/08
Channel: Electriclibraryland
Cyberpunk (1990) [Full documentary in high quality]
Cyberpunk (1990) [Full documentary in high quality]
Published: 2016/07/17
Channel: VHS Idiot
Screen Research Presentation Video
Screen Research Presentation Video
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: ScreenResearch
VPL Business Plan Video
VPL Business Plan Video
Published: 2015/06/03
Channel: Nick Temlett
How Can We Prevent Information Technology From Destroying the Middle Class
How Can We Prevent Information Technology From Destroying the Middle Class
Published: 2013/10/16
Channel: CITRIS
Candice Salyers - 2010-2011 VPL Lab Artist
Candice Salyers - 2010-2011 VPL Lab Artist
Published: 2010/11/10
Channel: vplsara
Brain in Virtual Reality demo 1989
Brain in Virtual Reality demo 1989
Published: 2011/05/16
Channel: Phil Mercurio
Jaron Lanier Pt1.mp4
Jaron Lanier Pt1.mp4
Published: 2011/07/01
Channel: IdeasNYC
Jaron Lanier Pt5.mp4
Jaron Lanier Pt5.mp4
Published: 2011/07/01
Channel: IdeasNYC
Jaron Lanier Pt3.mp4
Jaron Lanier Pt3.mp4
Published: 2011/07/01
Channel: IdeasNYC
Research Section Discussion Meeting: Random-projection ensemble classification
Research Section Discussion Meeting: Random-projection ensemble classification
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: RoyalStatSoc
MTBS-TV: Interview With Pantomime Corporation at Vision Summit 2016
MTBS-TV: Interview With Pantomime Corporation at Vision Summit 2016
Published: 2016/02/17
Channel: Neil Schneider
Jaron Lanier Pt4.mp4
Jaron Lanier Pt4.mp4
Published: 2011/07/01
Channel: IdeasNYC
Jaron Lanier Pt2.mp4
Jaron Lanier Pt2.mp4
Published: 2011/07/01
Channel: IdeasNYC
VPL E1 Photo
VPL E1 Photo's
Published: 2012/03/21
Channel: missionpaintballclub
Forming Communities - Flourish! 2011
Forming Communities - Flourish! 2011
Published: 2013/11/11
Channel: Flourish Conference
Sandpaintings, 1992
Sandpaintings, 1992
Published: 2013/01/20
Channel: Deanna Morse
Adele Myers - 2010/2011 VPL Lab Artist
Adele Myers - 2010/2011 VPL Lab Artist
Published: 2010/11/10
Channel: vplsara
VPL
VPL's Man in the Moon
Published: 2013/06/13
Channel: Vancouver Public Library
vpl.ca - Electronic Resources
vpl.ca - Electronic Resources
Published: 2008/02/08
Channel: Electriclibraryland
Virtual Boys: a film about VR by Andre Perkowski trailer
Virtual Boys: a film about VR by Andre Perkowski trailer
Published: 2016/02/15
Channel: terminal pictures/Andre Perkowski
Michael From Sony explaining $90,000 Sony VPL-VW5000ES 4K laser projector at the VAF Demo Night
Michael From Sony explaining $90,000 Sony VPL-VW5000ES 4K laser projector at the VAF Demo Night
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: LogiaMedia
Jaron Lanier
Jaron Lanier
Published: 2015/10/22
Channel: Audiopedia
Sony’s VPL-GTZ280 4K Projector
Sony’s VPL-GTZ280 4K Projector
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: DreamtekTV
CEDIA 2017: Fusion Research Features Premiere and Genesis Movie Server Series
CEDIA 2017: Fusion Research Features Premiere and Genesis Movie Server Series
Published: 2017/09/12
Channel: rAVe Publications
Past, Present and Future of Virtual Reality
Past, Present and Future of Virtual Reality
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: 21 News
VPL E2 "Finals"
VPL E2 "Finals"
Published: 2012/05/01
Channel: missionpaintballclub
Michael From Sony explaining $90,000 Sony VPL-VW5000ES 4K laser projector at the VAF Demo Night - 4K
Michael From Sony explaining $90,000 Sony VPL-VW5000ES 4K laser projector at the VAF Demo Night - 4K
Published: 2016/12/17
Channel: LogiaMedia
Excellence in Medical Research
Excellence in Medical Research
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: QU College of Medicine
VAF Demo Night - $90,000 Sony VPL-VW5000ES 4K laser projector
VAF Demo Night - $90,000 Sony VPL-VW5000ES 4K laser projector
Published: 2016/12/04
Channel: LogiaMedia
CEDIA 2017: Sony Shows VPL-VW385 with Dynamic Iris and Lens Memory
CEDIA 2017: Sony Shows VPL-VW385 with Dynamic Iris and Lens Memory
Published: 2017/09/12
Channel: rAVe Publications
Sony 4K Laser Projectors
Sony 4K Laser Projectors
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Sony Professional Solutions Americas
George Zachary (Charles River Ventures) at Startup Grind 2014
George Zachary (Charles River Ventures) at Startup Grind 2014
Published: 2014/02/05
Channel: Startup Grind
George Zachary (Charles River Ventures) at Startup Grind San Francisco
George Zachary (Charles River Ventures) at Startup Grind San Francisco
Published: 2012/09/18
Channel: Startup Grind
SONY VPL-VW5000ES 雷射4K投影機 206吋大銀幕 震撼體驗全紀錄 (2016.10.15~17) 【4K】
SONY VPL-VW5000ES 雷射4K投影機 206吋大銀幕 震撼體驗全紀錄 (2016.10.15~17) 【4K】
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: 阿平電影院 i-PK MOVIE
Best Goals Ever Scored In Champions League
Best Goals Ever Scored In Champions League
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: WeSpeakFootball
VPL: March 12, 2009
VPL: March 12, 2009
Published: 2009/03/16
Channel: soundhealth
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VPL Research was one of the first companies that developed and sold virtual reality products. It was founded by VR pioneer Jaron Lanier in 1985. VPL started in the corner of Lanier's cottage in the San Francisco Bay Area.[1] "VPL" stood for "Visual Programming Languages", and Lanier said that the goal of the company was to create a visual programming language to bring programming to a mass audience.[2] In 1990, VPL Research filed for bankruptcy and in 1999 all of its patents were bought by Sun Microsystems.[3]

Products[edit]

A VPL Research DataSuit, a full-body outfit with sensors for measuring the movement of arms, legs, and trunk. Developed circa 1989. Displayed at the Nissho Iwai showroom in Tokyo

The Data Glove[edit]

This device originally started as an input system for computers. It was later used for virtual reality systems. Thomas Zimmerman invented the prototype of the Data Glove and began looking for other people to help work on it. The device was using 6502 microcontrollers. Zimmerman met Mitch Altman and asked him to join VPL part-time because Altman knew how to program the microcontrollers.[4]

The system was wired to a computer. It was interactive and contained fiber-optic bundles to track movements and orientation. That data would then be transmitted to the computer so that the information could be duplicated virtually. It allowed for people to manipulate and re-orient virtual objects. Applications for this wearable device centered on input computer control, gaming, and also the potential for remote surgery.

The EyePhone[edit]

This was a head mounted display (HMD) that was meant to immerse users into a computer simulation. It could track head movements. The headset used Fresnel lenses.[5]

The Data Suit[edit]

The DataSuit was a full-body outfit with sensors for measuring the movement of arms, legs, and trunk.

Team members[edit]

Core team
  • Jaron Lanier
  • Mitch Altman
  • Thomas Zimmerman
  • Jean-Jacques Grimaud - Co-founder, President, VP of Engineering[6]
  • Chuck Blanchard
  • Steve Bryson
  • Young Harvill – In his spare time, Harvill created a program called Swivel 3D which was used for creating computer art. It gave the users the ability to generate virtual worlds on a Macintosh computer. He licensed that software to VPL. Shortly after, Harvill joined VPL as their fourth employee in 1985. During his time there, he worked on a project called "Reality Built for Two (RB2)" which was the first VR system at that time. He also helped with the Data Glove as well.[7]
  • David Levitt
  • Marc deGroot
  • Mark Oberman
Associated people
  • Timothy Leary – When Leary got out of jail, he was interested in finding legal ways to explore consciousness which led him to working with individuals at VPL.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

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