Some times, being early is the same as being wrong. American cinematographer and inventor Morton Heilig
described his vision of a multi-sensory theater in a 1955 paper entitled “The Cinema of the Future.”
In 1962 Heilig built a prototype of his immersive, multi-sensory, mechanical multimodal
theater called the Sensorama
, and created five short films to be displayed in it. On August 28, 1962 Heilig was granted U.S. Patent 3,050,870
for a “Sensorama Simulator.” This invention is considered one of the earliest functioning efforts in virtual reality.
But it took decades for this vision to be realized. He was too early. His work did become foundational in understanding the nature of the beast, but he didn’t benefit from it.
Moral of the story, try as we must but if we are too early, too innovative, to bleeding edge, some times we just die trying. In the current economic scenario if you must give your self a fighting change, look to explore the boring the mundane & what doesn’t need to be explained too hard to find a market product fit.
This doesn’t mean we write off innovation, so long as we understand the pros and cons of building the future, vs building for the future.