Chances are you’re aware of the latest 3D craze that is sweeping across the nation. What was once limited to cheesy theme park attractions has now made its way onto the big screen in a big way. In fact both Dreamworks and Pixar have announced that every one of their feature films will be created for 3D viewing going forward. From movies, to sports and eventually home TVs, 3D may very well become the standard viewing experience.
When does the web get its turn?
Certainly playing Metroid or watching Family Guy in 3D does intrigue me but what is the future of the internet when it comes to using this technology? Will this new spin make its way to the web. My view is that I would love to see more images, videos and content in 3D simply because I think the technology and the effect is really cool. Here is a great post showcasing anaglyphic images also known as stereoscopic technology. I took my own stab at it with the image below and when using a standard pair of red and blue 3d glasses it does give the illusion of depth. If you are fairly handy with Photoshop, the effect is pretty simple to create using this tutorial.
This image is broken down into two separate layers. Mr. Bear in the background is offset more than our logo in the foreground and when wearing the glasses tricks our brain into combining them and gives the illusion of depth.
Sadly or thankfully, depending on your view, 3D Stereoscopic viewing may never make it mainstream on the net. The more likely scenario will be converting the internet into actual 3D space, that is taking the content and allowing you to browse from one site to the next by simply bringing it into the foreground. There are several companies out there currently working on bringing back VRML. You may recall in the late 90s this technology, Virtual Reality Markup Language, would basically turn the web into a 3D environment that you would maneuver around to get the information you wanted. Back then all the talk about this new technology was overhyped to say the least. Today, internet 3D is making a comeback using an XML format called X3D, a run-time architecture that can represent and communicate 3D scenes and objects. Bringing this mainstream will depend largely on the various browsers out there. The public may never see it if Firefox and Microsoft’s IE decide not to include it as either a standard or optional plug-in. That coupled with improved bandwidth and computing power have all the 3D web backers foaming at the mouth to showcase their latest virtual atmosphere. To learn more on this technology, check out this article from CNET.
For now, simply putting on my red and blue glasses using Photoshop to create 3D images impresses my kid enough to satisfy my craving. Perhaps in the near future he’ll show me up by creating his very own 3D website – no glasses required.