This story is part of The 2010s: A Decade in Review, a series on the memes, people, products, movies and so much more that have influenced the 2010s. I had a vision of the future when I was in high school in the early ’90s, and it involved a world in which we were immersed in headsets that were doorways into virtual reality. Somehow, over the last 10 years, that dream became utterly real. And then, not real. And then half-real. The future arrived, and then backslid, and is now lurking, waiting to strike. This is a story of a decade with lots of things on my face, and how I’m not living full-time in them… yet. Chunky goggles, alien glasses, perception-altering devices big and small: I’ve seen my face in all of them. It actually started 10 years ago. The fourth story I wrote after starting at CNET in early 2009 was about AR and magic. It wasn’t a long post or a great one. But it proves that the term “augmented reality” has been around a lot longer than you think.VR goes back even further. Around 1991 when I gave a presentation about VR in high school, it was… Read full this story
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