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At the time, it felt like the flip of a coin would decide whether I studied theatre or media production. Both disciplines are essentially about communications and experiences that move or entertain us. In the end I was swayed by rows of silver Apple Macs and something called the internet that lots of people were talking about. Over the years since I’ve never let go of the idea that when it comes to experiences, we’re all largely looking for the same thing. Whatever the medium, from a traditional theatre performance through to a multi-platform digital extravaganza, we need a human connection – a level of emotional resonance that gives the experience real value. And with the almost limitless possibilities presented by constantly evolving communication technology, we’re in danger of not seeing the wood for the trees. It’s incredible to think that in only 30 years we’ve gone from typewriter to touchscreen and from dog-eared A-to-Zs to the all seeing Google Maps. As everyday objects become connected, interactive and intelligent, the possibilities can be both intoxicating and overwhelming – I can’t help but feel that technology, in all its shiny glory, can sometimes steal the show. Designing any experience, from slicing bread to watching theatre, requires a solid understanding of what people want and the most appropriate way to provide it. While the sharpest knife is no doubt a pleasure to use, the meaning we get from slicing bread is that there will be a nice sandwich to eat at the end. If the bread knife could play music, take photos and tell you the weather forecast, wouldn’t that distract you from making a nice sandwich?

So, how 3D technology works? The new 3D technology, with In order to understanding the revolutionary motion control exbasic 3D technology techniques, periences, is already giving big it is important to first understand hints of things to come in the world how the human sight works. of gaming and entertainment. ExHuman beings have two eyes tremely rich data visualization, inwhich are about 3 inches apart teractively explored in 3D space, from each other. This distance the next generation motion conbetween the two eyes produce trol experiences is already here two slightly different images with the new 3D technology. which are transmitted to the There’s no denying that the new brain. The brain will then make 3D technology still needs pera space in where distance and fection. And people do notice depth can be perceived. Read the pitfalls, for instance, using on to know about 3D technolo- the 3d glasses can cause an gy techniques. obvious dimming of the image. The working of 3d technology is Also, simply tilting your head can such that in order to produce this cause ghosting and color changsame kind of space in your brain es in the image. Several peorequires tricking your brain into ple can suffer headaches and seeing two different images from nausea when watching 3D for the same source. The real thing a long period. But the amazing lies in knowing how it is done by new 3D technology overcomes the 3D technology. Well, it plac- these problems and is the next es two minutely different images big thing in home entertainment. over each other or in alternat- The new 3D technology ing succession. The human being by the European researchshould then be wearing a set of ers can display 3D images 3D glasses that will help. at a monitor’s full resolution.

The long history of 3D technology can be drawn the way back to the start of photography. A new invention by David Brewster in 1844, Stereoscope could take 3D photographic images. At the Great Exhibition in 1851, a picture of Queen Victoria taken by Louis Jules Duboscq, using the improved technology became very well known throughout the world. Soon, the craze for steroscopic cameras caught on and these were quite commonly used by World War II. Read on to gather more info on history of 3D technology. In the coming years, there were further improvements in the technology, as the history of 3D technology reveals. Kinematascope, a stereo animation camera was invented, followed the first anaglyph movie was produced in 1915. In 1922 the first public 3D movie, “The Power of Love”, was produced and it was in 1935 that the first 3D Color movie was produced.

In order to understand basic 3D There is no darkening of the technology techniques, we must ambient light and no restrictions also have an idea about the 3D on viewing angle. The viewers glasses. At present, there are feel much less strain on the eyes around two main kinds of 3D than other 3D technologies. glasses technologies which PlayStation Division, Sony Gulf are called as active and FZE has already announced groundbreaking new prodpassive. The active glasses ucts and services based on are the ones which have got amazing new 3D technology. electronics that are meant Confident of delivering deliver to change the display. While consumers unparalleled enteron the other hand, the pas- tainment options this year with sive glasses are the ones the latest in 3D technology, gamers can enjoy PlayStation that don’t have any elecMove and games, plus blocktronics and they employ a buster titles for PlayStation3 different way to dissect the (PS3) including inFAMOUS 2, images. Twisted Metal and many more.

As per the history of 3D technology, the use of this technology was to remain latent for over a decade. The 1950s saw a comeback for the 3D technology. During these times, TVs had become very popular. By 1950, a number of 3D movies were being created, for instance, “Bwana Devil”,, “House of Wax” and many more. But not all movie theaters were operational with the 3D technology. In the 1960s, in the history of 3D technology, a new technology known as Space-Vision 3D was released. This new technology removed the need to use two cameras to display 3D movies.

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