Intel Labs technology evangelist Sean Koehl speculates that technological advances could make realistic three-dimensional (3-D) Internet applications a reality in five years. Potential applications include making presentations at large conferences more immersive through 3-D virtual world technology.
Consultant Dan Olds believes that a 3-D Internet will increase attendance at virtual meetings, while entertainment will undergo a revolution. Koehl says that people will still want to do certain interactions in two dimensions, such as reading text. "The things we'll do in three dimensions may be things that we don't do at all on the Internet today because it isn't feasible," he says.
Koehl thinks that within 10 years or so, 3-D virtual world realism may be similar to computer-generated imagery in Hollywood movies. "People are going to be able to do a lot more remotely," Olds says. "Companies could use this technology as a competitive weapon to give customers better service. A lot could shift because of this."
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