Stereo Symbiosis Needed in the Education Market

October 30th, 2012 · No Comments · HDGURU3D News

I believe stereo 3D technology stands on its own merits within educational settings.

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I believe stereo 3D technology stands on its own merits within educational settings. I don’t believe, however, that its growth trajectory will accelerate to the degree desired without help from other, complementary technologies. Only by joining 3D together in stereo symbiosis with other enabling technologies will it be hoisted into commercial and educational prominence.

Now, I’m envisioning much more than horizontal marketing here—something far beyond two companies producing different products, while jointly marketing these products. And I’m referring to something well past the comfortable and successful hardware partnerships of the past and present, as 3D nestles into the welcome arms of cinema, projection, television, and mobile display industries.

No, I’m referring to a type of relationship, understood by Aristotle, in which the new whole is somehow greater than the sum of the individual parts. I am speaking about the notion of a memeplex, or a combination of ideas that is more likely to survive and thrive together than apart. For example, a capella music is interesting; so is instrumental music. Combining them (a memeplex) is even better—it has survived the centuries.

Stereo Symbiosis

Really, I’m talking about about the familiar saga of symbiosis. The German mycologist Heinrich Anton de Bary explained it most simply as “the living together of unlike organisms.” In the field of life sciences, symbiosis is defined as a close and prolonged association between different organisms of different species that in some way benefit each other. In a sociological or psychiatric context, it refers more to a relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

In order to truly achieve its potential, I believe stereo 3D will not stand on its own. Forgive the double entendre, but 3D will require some sort of stereo symbiosis to thrive. Here are my nominations for the most receptive symbiont combinations in the education space:

3D + Gesture Recognition. “The eyes and hands have it.” Envision combining stereo 3D with the ability to control objects, navigation, or actions via natural hand gestures.

3D + the Cloud. “The cloud has left the building.” Imagine being able to deliver stereo 3D via the Internet, enabling 3D companies to dispense with the complexity, copy protection, installation, and reinstallation schemes that so agitate customers. Putting 3D in the cloud will simplify the storage, delivery, and frequent refresh of 3D learning objects and simulations.

3D + Volumetrics. “Dispensing with the fourth wall.” Imagine 3D combined with volumetrics, dissolving the barrier of the fourth wall and presenting a new type of “circle 3D” or near-holography. (See the MiCoy Corporation for one group that has patented solutions in this area.)

3D + 4K. “Okay—it sounds like a math equation—I get it.” Nonetheless, will the combination of stereo 3D and the stark realism of a 4K resolution display produce the crowds and clamor we all hope for?

3D + Other. “3D done your way.” Perhaps there is another technology that makes sense as a symbiont with stereo 3D. What would you suggest?

Please vote on these nominations for the most receptive symbiont combination for accelerating 3D in the educational marketplace, or add your own ( and check back to see how the vote is proceeding):




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