Now that’s what I’m talking about, not the fledgling systems that are being touted in the gaming industry today. They are kind of cool, like Mike Hosking showed on Seven Sharp this week, standing on the stage in on a concert is kind of cool and its a good start.
Magic Leap looks more like a product that will truly allow you to immerse yourself into an environment.
These concepts have been around for decades. I lined up at CeBit to try on a 3D VR headset back in the 90’s. Back then everyone was talking about the polygon problem and how to make images look realistic. Imagine how far the technology has come.
Applications are huge, from military to medical training, from sports training to entertainment. Whether it’s town planning or playing games, virtual and augmented reality are going to turn the world upside down and spin it round. I’ll probably need to pop a sea legs pill to play some of the adventures to come to stave off motion sickness.
Check out the videos and then consider what would happen if you combined that with a haptic suit. Another technology being developed at the moment. Haptics allow your body to feel sensations. So imagine instead of watching the basketball or rugby, that you can pick your player and feel like you are running the ball, feel the tackles.
The movie industry IMHO is getting really boring and over priced. They haven’t taken the opportunity to innovate much beyond 3D glasses and lazy-boy recliners with food and beverage service.
Take a headset and something like the old Pioneer BodySonic chairs that used to vibrate along with the sound into this world and you won’t want to leave it. Reality is likely to look bland and boring, which might be a bit of a worry for people who become addicted to this new form of experiential media.
As Bachman-Turner Overdrive sang “You aint seen nothing yet!”