8 historic virtual reality headsets

Sensorama Simulator (1967)

It's a little too big to be a headset, but still, it remains one of the first forays into virtual reality. Cinematographer Morton Heilig's Sensorama Simulator gave viewers a 3D-ish experience, complete with the sights -- and smells of riding a motorcycle through a city.

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By Erin Carson

Erin Carson is a Staff Reporter for CNET and a former Multimedia Editor for TechRepublic.