2006 Toshiba Head Dome Projector

Posted March 7, 2014 by David in VR History

The Toshiba Head Dome Projector is one of the most striking displays ever created. Shown to the public for the first time back in 2006 it got a great deal of press coverage but for all the wrong reasons. Almost all the articles written about the Dome talked about how it looked and not how it functioned.

The projector consisted of a compact dome-shaped screen with a radius of 40cm, a mobile projector with ultra-wide projection lens, and LED light sources.

The system exhibits a wide viewing angle of 120 degrees horizontally by 70 degrees vertically without head tracking, and 360 degrees x 360 degrees with head tracking. This helmet weighed an incredible three kilos.

Shortly after it was unveiled it disappeared and nothing much else is known about it. We cant find a single user review of this device online but would love to hear one as it looks like such a departure from standard displays.

If the Dome was released it would have certainly turned heads, even if the person who’s wearing it couldn’t due to the weight of this beast.

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David Whelan a professional web developer has been a serial early adopter of the latest technology. From an early age playing on a C64 he always dreamt of entering virtual worlds and exploring the endless possibilities that could be offered up by the platform.

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