Virtual Cocoon (1999)

“…make a virtual world as convincing as real life.”

Top 10 Key Selling Points: Virtual Cocoon

  1. Changeable Box Of Chemicals For Different Smells
  2. Pictures 30 Times Brighter Than Normal LCD
  3. High-definition High Dynamic Screen
  4. Takes You To Far-Flung Destinations
  5. Connects Wirelessly To A Computer
  6. Commercial And Industrial Uses
  7. Surround-sound Speakers
  8. Built-In Fan And Heater
  9. Stimulates The Senses
  10. Great Demo Software

Virtual Cocoon

It was said that the Virtual Cocoon headset could mimic all five senses and make a virtual world as convincing as real life. So could this headset virtually produce sights, sounds, taste, smells as well as touch? Well, no. But it did have a lot of potential for its time. With experiences like Kenya’s Masai Mara, and a Caribbean beach it wasn’t the software that was the problem.

Marketing a headset that the makers say can be used to “greet friends and family on the other side of the world as though they were in the same room.” was never going to be an easy task, nor was the rather extortionate price tag. While the idea might have sounded a little silly and far fetched at the time we are now entering a new era of virtual reality research that might well produce such a far fetched headset!


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