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Hugo Gernsback's VR Helmet Was Featured in Life Magazine July 1963

Hugo Gernsback coined the term “science fiction” as the editor and publisher of Amazing Stories, the magazine he launched in 1926. Among his many inventions, you may find the “teleyeglasses”. Read the description found in Life magazine in July 1963: ".... His television eyeglasses—a device for which he feels millions yearn—is a  handy, pocket-size portable TV set." In 1963, he ordered some of his employees to build a mock-up you can see here under.

teleeyeglasses

VR With 1960 Technology Was Not Easy

The teleyeglasses weighed about 140 grams and were built around small cathode-ray tubes that ran on low-voltage current from tiny batteries. (The user faced no danger of being electrocuted, Gernsback promised.) Because there was a separate screen for each eye, it could display stereoscopic images—much like today’s 3D virtual-reality glasses. Noting the massive V-type antenna protruding from the teleyeglasses, Life described the effect as “neo-Martian.”  

Source: IEEE Spectrum (the article appears in the December 2016 print issue as “Before Virtual Reality Was Cool.”), Gernsback.com, Wikipedia.