(The first half of this movie is for cross-eyed viewing; the second half is parallel.)

A new layer of the mediasphere

     The Web-connected video player is also a receiver and a transmitter.  When we make it into a 3D viewer and eventually add a 3D streaming camera, we inject a new device to the media landscape: a point-to-multipoint, two-way telepresence terminal.  If we also run people’s 3D captures through networking sites to catalog and interlink them, we have an opportunity to structurally change the way the world communicates.  3D photographs and video are inherently more empathic than 2D pictures, given the deep levels at which they are processed in the brain (see the link below).  The old “Picturephone” idea and the present video chat model will finally be brought to life when they become 3D: the practice will shift from disembodied heads talking to each other to the transmission of scenes.  

     This “telempathic” communication among individuals around the world may be more compelling than any other medium so far invented.  Of course, those who are in exotic places or have exotic ideas will publish to the world this way -- moving 3D sound postcards -- but from the very beginning stereo photographers have known that depth trumps, in fact enhances, every other detail.  So even those who are in just ordinary places will find deeply interesting 3D scenes or people or performances at hand no matter where they are.  Might people pay for this virtual visiting the way they used to pay for newspapers and magazines, or will we see a new “industry” of Internet tourism?  Will languages be better learned, music or storytelling better absorbed, techniques of all kinds better understood, when the deeper levels of the viewer’s brain are engaged? 

   Whatever we can foresee about these questions can be tested out at our present video stereoscope stage, since it provides a relatively immersive and highly personal, contained platform for experimenting.  The time to start is now.  We  have the screens, the viewers and the cameras, at least workable ones for the stereo inclined.   To see how: get started in 3D

      The split-screen method of stereoscopic video delivery will most likely evolve into a wearable visor or screen, with appropriate lenses, the field of view enlarging to match that of the eyes.  At that point, the word ”immersive” will finally be justified, so we might want to look forward to what sort of worlds we will want to enter or inhabit, as an exercise in setting the tone for this new medium.

    Its “mainlining” of picture into the eyes separately allows us to consider with much greater precision what part of the visual system we are addressing when we look into the very-small-screen stereo theater, and what its preferences are.   What  part and what preferences?   The implications.

The portable stereo internet