It started off with Avatar, bagging almost all the accolades of the world and grabbing the box office by its very neck, something that even the Avenger Saga couldn’t accomplish without the re-release. Avatar advertised heavily on 3D and James Cameroon – the ACE filmmaker and scientist took the world by a storm (again). The excitement was palpable and 3D looked like something that’s there to stay, but ask the likes of Nolan – Another legend of our times and he would rather prefer the large format IMAX, not 3D, and we all wondered why! Well, he has his reasons and I am sure one of the reasons is 3D isn’t that effective. We hoped in vain that a decade after avatar things would change, but they haven’t.
3D isn’t a reason why you watch movies even today.
Perhaps if I would have interviewed the guy who first dreamt about this leap in visualization he would have told me that what he wanted was a world that’s immersive, not solely from a perspective, but completely immersive in all possible ways. He was obviously talking about VR. 3D now seems to merely be a step towards that accomplishment.
A few years back when a couple of friends and I went out and experienced a VR roller coaster we were a little shocked off our senses. VR was immersive like nothing that we had seen before, and for a moment all of us forgot our realities and literally held onto our seats while the roller coaster started a steep vertical drive. I’ve never experienced something like this before, and I realized that the potential is really great, unlike anything that we’ve known before.
If we step out of the movie world for a moment, and realize that visualization is the key to all that we do today. There’s an unlimited set of problems that AR and VR could solve in the future.
From setting up your alarm in thin air, to ensuring that there’s just enough light in your bedroom at night that lets you sleep comfortably, from becoming a part of your daily commute to office, enabling your meetings, to the trainings on various topics and subjects throughout your career could be accomplished by deploying tailored content that would make those tasks more effective, efficient and purposeful. In fact so much so, that you’d do away with flat screens forever, relegating them to the past where they truly belong. The world would be a different place altogether, and perhaps the right place for the ever-growing ambition of this generation.