The Future of Virtual Reality and 3D

Gestural Input Virtual Reality 3D

The movie industry has started a new trend to show 3D movies once again. I'm personally annoyed by the glasses but the technology has progressed. Some directors refuse to bother with it such as Christopher Nolan explaining that the new Batman: The Dark Knight Rises will not be 3D.

I don't think the technology is well developed enough to make 3D experience truly enjoyable. I've seen Avatar in full 3D and was not very impressed; it all boils down to the movie plot, characters, and graphics. It's always going to depend on the level of art in a 3D movie, and

Meanwhile researchers are working on incredible new technologies that can change the way things work. The following is a video of MIT researchers Robert Wang and Jovan Popovic demonstrating real-time hand tracking and 3D posing for virtual reality environments through the use of a colorful hand glove and a webcam. It could become a revolution in engineering design:

Eventually this could lead to great innovations in game play. The hand glove and perhaps extended with a suit could make true virtual realities making the movie Gamer seem quite feasible in the near future. It would also lead to a new set of engineering, architecture, and artist design programs that can speed up the tedious process of designing in 2D environments.

One such problem that we see today, are 3D artists in real life, unable to make 3D art digitally because of their lack of training in 3D programs. This would eliminate that problem completely.

Simulation and training for the US military would enter a whole new phase of perfecting skills in shorter amounts of time.

Think of movie making or instructional videos, how it would make animation so much easier. Commercials in 3D may not even be as expensive anymore with the appropriate engines.

As far as 3D movies are concerned, I think the future is still bright. Although currently, the technology needs improvement, once fully perfected people will appreciate it more. There's already sales of 3D LCD TVs. The full potential of Blu-Rays haven't even been unlocked yet.

Even in terms of vision works, research on how to record 3D information in the first place may make it possible for 3D movies to be as easy as installing a software or buying a 3D camera recorder. This technology could help innovate robotic vision.

What do you think the future of 3D and Virtual Reality are headed toward?

How far off do you think we are in terms of years for commercial availability?

Nate's picture

I would like to see this used

I would like to see this used to get rid of keyboards and mice. By simply learning a keyboard layout like qwerty, you could type and have no keyboard. You could have an infinite number of virtual keys and could replace your mouse by just positioning your hand in a certain fashion. Truly amazing stuff, I'd like to see it even more responsive though.

In concern to 3D movies, I would like to see them in true 3D and be able to watch movies from any angle I wanted by using some type of control device. Of course I think this could only really be done in animated movies.

Baran Ornarli's picture

Hahaha, a virtual keyboard

Hahaha, a virtual keyboard yeah, I guess so. It would look pretty hilarious though if someone were to time travel to the future.

I don't think they will ever truly replace the mouse. Maybe FPS games will allow you to hold the weapon and point it around, but it would be very difficult to implement without a very wide screen or some sort of goggle. The mouse gives your hand a place to rest. On the other hand, I do imagine a future like in Minority Report with the computers they had there.

I think the 3D TV idea will eventually evolve, once cameras can automatically record 3D information without effort. Once they figure out how to not force people to use glasses, it'll make it much easier for people to enjoy it. At first it will start off as a luxury, but then it will become a staple in every home.

Nate's picture

Baran Ornarli wrote:Hahaha, a

Baran Ornarli wrote:
Hahaha, a virtual keyboard yeah, I guess so. It would look pretty hilarious though if someone were to time travel to the future.

I don't think they will ever truly replace the mouse. Maybe FPS games will allow you to hold the weapon and point it around, but it would be very difficult to implement without a very wide screen or some sort of goggle. The mouse gives your hand a place to rest. On the other hand, I do imagine a future like in Minority Report with the computers they had there.

I think the 3D TV idea will eventually evolve, once cameras can automatically record 3D information without effort. Once they figure out how to not force people to use glasses, it'll make it much easier for people to enjoy it. At first it will start off as a luxury, but then it will become a staple in every home.

Well I was still thinking you could use a desk, you just wouldn't need your mouse and keyboard there anymore. It would save a lot of space and combine two pieces of technology. I also agree with your thoughts the 3D TV idea. Can't wait for the future. :D

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