VPL declares “Virtual Reality Day” June 7, 1989
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VPL declared June 7, 1989, “Virtual Reality Day.” On that day, both VPL and Autodesk publicly demonstrated the first commercial VR systems. The Autodesk VR CAD (computer-aided design) system was based on VPL's RB2 technology but was scaled down for operation on personal computers. The marketing splash introduced Lanier's new term virtual reality as a realization of “cyberspace,” a concept introduced in science fiction writer William Gibson's Neuromancer in 1984.