8 historic virtual reality headsets

Telesphere Mask (1960)

In 1960, Heilig filed a patent for this first head mounted device, the telesphere mask, a "stereoscopic television device for individual use," according to the patent. For having been an early design, it's not too far off from even Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard.

Image: Google patent archive

By Erin Carson

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