What is 3D Video?

3D video is not an entirely new technology, having been around in the film industry for many decades. However, the technologies that deliver this immersive form of video viewing are improving. New cameras, better viewing glasses, projection systems, software and displays are starting to bring 3D video into its own at the consumer level, enabling new forms of creative expression and imaging. 3D video requires the capture of two images simultaneously, the same way our eyes do. Once captured, this dual imagery must be displayed or projected in a way our eyes and brain can resolve enough to be believable with the assistance of specialized eyewear. To date, the projection has proved tricky, but these limitations are starting to fall away. Applications like telepresence, which is similar to 3D video but implies a two-way communication stream, can facilitate interactions with people or environments in remote locations, saving time, money and travel while still allowing for an immersive experience.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Can't really see this is of much use by itself. Will have to be part of a integrated set of tools, eg. within an immersive, virtual reality environment. - horncheah horncheah Feb 23, 2011 I agree, and also it's still a bit to technically complex and cumbersome. - judy.oconnell judy.oconnell Feb 26, 2011
  • Through teleportation and hollograms the stress I am currently feeling of not being able to be in more than one place at a time is solved. Subject matter experts could visit classrooms with ease and still make it back for meetings. Think children's books and author visits to schools. Or Magic School Bus scenarios--except they would be real-- we do shrink down and travel into someone's body to learn and to heal. For example, I need to be in Australia and PA on March 30. With 3-d video I could hologram myself and interact in both places effectively. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/8f071d82-e765-11df-b5b4-00144feab49a.html#axzz14s1f10T0 - sheryl.nusbaum-beach sheryl.nusbaum-beach Feb 28, 2011

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • In education we compartmentalize. The missing piece here is combining 3-D video with AR, GPS, GIS and Robotics. WE create simulations of ourselves that are able to travel in our stead and do our bidding while we are at home on a dashboard reading our email. We simply program in what our fleshy 3D video self needs to be doing and where. Just think of the deaths that could be avoided if our 3-D selves did the travel, the interactions, the space exploration, the racing, the mountain climbing etc. - sheryl.nusbaum-beach sheryl.nusbaum-beach Feb 28, 2011
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Think Star Wars. I send my students to do presentations of their projects literally around the world. My classroom is global and global citizenship becomes possible-- I live many places at once. Interactions with such a global network becomes business as usual and as a result we understand each other more and who knows-- less global conflict. The potential of 3-D video is to cause us to rethink space and our location in it in general. - sheryl.nusbaum-beach sheryl.nusbaum-beach Feb 28, 2011
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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