SimStim is simulated stimulation, a passive viewing of the world through another person’s senses: their eyes, ears, nose, skin.
In contrast, Virtual Reality is a simulated cyberspace experience for the mind only. VR worlds are simulations in which participants can live lives that would be impossible or dangerous in the physical world. The first great public VR hype occurred in 1992,when Jaron Lanier’s experimental work with VR gloves and helmets became public. The reactionary film Lawnmower Man captured the fascination and fear around VR.