Dyson (Virtually) Invented the Precursor to Google Glass

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Twelve years before Google Glass arrived, Dyson was working on a version of its own.

In light of Dyson’s 21st anniversary, the company known for its vacuum cleaners and blade-free fan released long-kept secrets about other inventions it had been working on aside from its popular air-moving products. The Dyson Halo was a virtual reality headset whose prototype was first dreamed up in 2001. However, it never made it off the ground and the project was canned in 2004, freeing up inventors to focus on marketing Dyson in the U.S.

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Halo featured two mirrors that reflected the headset’s full-color, 3D computer screen into the viewer’s line of vision. In 2001, however, the technology necessary to contain a computer within the device itself had not yet come to fruition. Rather, the computer was Walkman-sized and was connected to the glasses via cords Read more…

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