Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Immersive technology is one way that computers are drastically changing the things humans are able to experience.
3D effects & 360º panoramic imaging are only the primitive foundations of digital immersion.
Neatorama had a link to this website of hi-res 360º images of places around the world. It is really awesome.
To be able to choose a place like the Pantheon in Rome or the Karnak Temple in Egypt and look around wherever you want is great. It really gives a greater appreciation of such inspiring places.
Once everyone has an iThink connected to their brain (ha ha), the possibilities for "virtual reality" will be endless. I predict a person will be able to stand in an ancient ruin & have 3D information uploaded directly to their visual cortex. Information from the interplanetary database of the future will create the effect of directly observing any time period with data to simulate that place. You would be able to control the simulated environment being projected into your vision just by thinking about it. It will be the ultimate way to experience the cultures of the past.
...but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Here are some views of the The Temple of Amun at Karnak.
It's hard to look at this place & not imagine the once-roofed halls as they were when this place was new & painted. It was an enclosed building containing awe-inspiring spaces like the gigantic Hypostyle Hall: