Avatar proved the world is interested in an immersive 3D experience. Hollywood immediately tried to cash in on the trend, rushing to market with poorly shot and poorly converted 3D movies to tarnish the 3D movie image a bit. The tech community and Silicone Valley saw the potential in 3D VR entertainment, meaning Google with the acquisition of Oculus Rift and Microsoft development in the Hololen’s. The test results recent VR demos has beed really amazing!
Engineers and designers are finding an array of uses for the VR format well beyond gaming. VR is being used in the classroom, medical fields and in the military as a truing tool just to name a few.
Sony and Samsung have jumped into the game as well. Sony with it’s Project Morpheus and Samsung’s partnership with Oculus. I think with the tech community firmly planted and moving forward with 3D VR the future looks very bright. Google recently announced the launch of Jump, a camera rig that is offered as an open sourced specification. You download the design from Google and 3D print up a carousel that fits 16-3D cameras, the demo uses 16- GoPro cameras. The move is to help drive the development of new 3D VR content by putting the tools into the hands of consumers. Upload your 3D VR content and let Google work their magic sticking the footage together and presto 3D VR on you tube. The process sound easy but online reports there is a backlog of video that is waiting to be processed. Imagine 16-HD source files that need to be processed, that will take an incredible amount of computing processing power. But given that Google is behind it I’m sure they’ll find a way to streamline the process. Click on the Google link to learn more. Video courtesy of CNET.com