NAU, an international design group that aims to fundamentally change the way we interact with computers, is creating a virtual reality pod-thing, known as the “Immersive Cocoon.”
After the hatch (silently) slides open, a small extendible staircase will glide down to invite you inside the dome. Once inside, you’ll see a 360° seamless display and hear full 3D surround sound. The best part of all this is the inclusion of motion-tracking cameras and a motion-sensing floor platform, which will serve as the primary means of interactivity.
Fully immersive 3D gaming and any number of virtual realities will be ours starting with the prototype Cocoon in October 2009. NAU hopes to have it commercially available by 2014.
There’s no telling when and if this could be made affordable for in-home use, but surely something like this would be reason to leave the house. Couple this thing with a brain-computer interface and you’re pretty darn close to life in The Matrix.
If we got stuck in The Force Unleashed 3 in a 360° environment, using gestures to control the force and our lightsaber, we’d take the blue pill every time.
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