The creative engineer of one of the first HMD receives the award for his contribution in the interaction with computers.
Ivan Sutherland, creator of the “Sword of Damocles”, one of the first HMD, has been recognized with the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Information and Communication Technologies for his work in the revolution of human interaction -machine through computer generated graphics and virtual reality.
According to Europa Press, the minutes of the jury indicate that the award has been granted for “pioneering the transition from text-based interaction with computers to another graphic”. Or put another way, by carrying out such action through the RV. Sutherland has intervened by videoconference at the event held at the headquarters of the BBVA Foundation in Madrid, thanking the “prestigious” award and the “great honor” of receiving it.
The “Sword of Damocles” was built in 1968 with the aim of achieving what at that time called “the definitive screen”, something that thanks to the continuous advances in the technologies that make up a viewer, is gaining more and more strength. The device took that name because it hung from the ceiling, thus allowing the movement of the users. If you look at the previous video, the viewer showed simple vector graphics superimposed on the real world, which becomes augmented reality.
We can read more about the history of virtual reality in this article.