Oculus vet explains how virtual reality came out of the CAVE


By Amina Elahi, Blue Sky Innovation

Virtual reality is cool again.

Steve LaValle, former chief scientist of Oculus and a professor at the University of Illinois, is a bit of a VR hipster. Thursday morning at the second Chicago Venture Summit, he said he first got excited about the technology in the 1990s.

“Back when I was in graduate school at Illinois, we did CAVE simulations,” LaValle said, referring to virtual reality theaters invented in 1992. The name refers to Cave Automatic Virtual Environment.

Oh, how things have changed.

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