Warren Robinett describes the state of the Head-Mounted Display Projects in 1990. Aside from giving an insight into the basic functions of this "data helmet", he lists the most important possible applications in the field of medicine such as for example the specific planning of radiotherapies, 3D-ultrasound scanners and the exploration of three-dimensional shapes of complex molecules.
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Two new capabilities are currently being added to the system. We have a forcefeedback subsystem, the Argonne Remote Manipulator (ARM), and integrating this with the HMD will allow the user to touch objects in the virtual world using the ARM's handgrip. Adding a second HMD to the system will allow two people wearing HMDs to enter into a shared virtual world, seeing and interacting with each other.
The goal of this project is to develop a multisensory HMD system, investigate methods of manual control suited to a HMD, and demonstrate its usefulness in real applications.