Intel Technology Expert Hints At 3D Internet Within Five Years

Intel Technology Expert Hints At 3D Internet Within Five Years

3D may be popping up in just about every facet of consumer electronics these days (your next HDTV included), but so far, it managed to largely avoid tampering with the delicate Internet space. Of course, we all knew it wouldn't stay that way forever, and now a technology expert at Intel expects 3D to be a huge part of the way we interact with the Web within just five years.

That means that by the time 2015 rolls around, the articles you're reading here will quite literally be popping off the screen and into your brain. It's the next wave of New Media (Web 3.0, even?), and now it looks like it's on a fast track to reality. We jest mostly, but there's some since to this logic. Look how much multi-media content is on the web now, and compare that to just five years ago. To say that available content on the Internet has "increased" since 2005 would be understating things; to say media has "exploded" on the 'net since 2005 would be more like it.



If one explosion can happen in those five years, there's nothing stopping another explosion from happening in 2015. According to Sean Koehl, a technology evangelist with Intel Labs, he believes that tech is evolving so that 3D applications could become a regular part of the Web in as little as five years from now. He also made broader statements on the future of the Internet in general, but the 3D aspect really has us thinking. With NVIDIA's 3D Vision kit already providing this tech for games, there's already hardware in place to support a 3D Internet. And given that so much material is being filmed in 3D now, that's already taken care of as well. Sean followed up his thoughts on the matter with this:

"I think our lives will be a lot different. Look at the trends of the last decade or two. Think about computers becoming widespread, and the Internet and these mobile devices. With the availability of all this computing power, we're only beginning to exploit it. Now we're adding more intelligence and more capability. Add that to 3-D worlds and it could be very different than the sort of experiences that we have today. When we get to the point where suddenly it becomes easy to do something that seemed hard before, then it will be a dramatic change. The Internet may never go fully 3-D, but making 3-D environments broadly accessible is probably capable within five years. I think it's going to give flexibility to let people really take advantage of virtual realities. The power to shape your environment would be dramatic."

This all sounds totally feasible to us, but we're still not sold on whether consumers really want 3D. Sure, 3D has done well in the cinema, but will that translate to 3D HDTV and 3D Blu-ray sales? Only time will tell, but considering that a 3D Internet would cost no more to use than the standard Internet for 3D Vision owners, the 3D Web may actually have a better chance at catching on than those other guys.


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I feel like I'm getting a 3D overload. I just wonder how it will fair outside of the movie theaters. The only real way to integrate 3D with daily lifestyles is to get stereoscopic monitors in people's homes, so they don't have to deal with the glasses, and the headache/eyestrain that most likely will come with it. 

The thing is, 3D hit the big time in December of last year, and now everyone is jumping on board. I've already seen advertisements on TV for 3D home theater systems, I think it was by Samsung. Thing is, the setup will set you back a good $7,000. 

I can see how the internet will fair though, but the only medium to get that 3D content would be through the monitor, so I can only imagine how expensive they will soon become. And what about the profits? 

We'll see as time goes by. 

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Agreed, this 3D craze is getting a bit ridiculous. The idea of wearing goggles all the time to experience the internet, TV and gaming would be a little much for most people to handle. Plus, don't they know the world is going to end in 2012?

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First off, I think Intel should just focus on supporting USB 3.0 since they have been procrastinating for some unknown reason. Second, 3D is going out of control ever since the release of Avatar. Not everyone is willing to wear those uncomfortable glasses. At least Sharp is doing something to change that by making a panel that does not require any 3D glasses. I also think corporations are forgetting the cost of supporting 3D which will put the burden on consumer's wallets. It is already expensive enough to air HDTV signals. Imagine the cost of adding 3D channels into cable and satellite packages...

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I agree with Marius: TOO MUCH 3D HYPE!

The 'internet' is a term mostly used in reference to web pages. What does 3D give me there? Pop-up ads that "pop-up"? Forget that noise.

Almost no one (as percentages go) are going to buy these glasses solutions. Too expensive and too much trouble. It didn't work for the Sega Master System and it's not going to work now. 3D will have to wait until no-glasses TV's are inexpensive enough to compete with 2D TVs.

All these tech evangelists are going to be surprised at how hard it is to get people to immediately throw away the HD equipment they just bought and replace it with super-expensive 3D equivalents.  The 3D televisions today are the equivalent of the super-expensive 1950's color televisions.

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3d internet ehh that will fill our terabyte hd in minutes lol...but that will also push hd tech

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I'm just curious, how can there be a 3D internet when the internet is mostly text? Are the images going to pop out in 3D, are the videos going to be in 3D? At least the Google Chrome thing took it as a joke, I don't even know how they'll apply it in real life.

And yeah, I do agree with the others, it is 3D sensory overload.

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I would rather stick with my normal non-3D internet. As taylor says... what are they going to make 3D? the text? Also will i require 3D glasses for this? i would not want to wear 3D glasses every time i use my computer for internet.

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Just as I won't spend extra money on 3D movies and 3D HDTVs, I don't want to spend money on making my interwebs 3D.    What if I don't always watch movies on my monitor?  I don't want text and pictures to be popping out of the screen.  Please don't let me see HTML6 come out with tags to allow anything to pop out of a screen.

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If they made part of the Internet 3D, I think it would be great on websites with a lot of images and video content. I'm not just talking about Youtube, but like company websites like companies that make toys. It would be like shopping in a mall but at your desk. The product is almost in your hand, just minus the feeling of touch. I think it would be kind of cool if a place like Newegg did this. I could see with my own eyes how big those video cards are. How about really looking over a computer case to see how spacious it is inside; seeing if there are any clearance issues.

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I think instead of saying 3D, it'd be more of an immersion into the internet possibly. Eventually moving past traditional input devices. Think along the lines of Project Natal from Microsoft along with a full 3d rendition beamed directly into your eyes or something. moving past the need for fancy headgear.

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Khellendross:

I think instead of saying 3D, it'd be more of an immersion into the internet possibly. Eventually moving past traditional input devices. Think along the lines of Project Natal from Microsoft along with a full 3d rendition beamed directly into your eyes or something. moving past the need for fancy headgear.

No. The way it'll be is that you'll have to wear a bodysuit and you can fly through and interact with the internet as if it was an actual world. If Futurama did it, why can't we?

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gibbersome...Plus, don't they know the world is going to end in 2012?

And they say I am the Conspiracy theorist :)

You must remember that the Mayans were actually helped by the star people who would one day return :o

So there is still hope.

They have already tried to 3D your computer, and it really hasn't taken off. it would be more efficient and entertaining to just route your PC to the TV and use the 3D from there. I am sure it will just be a software issue that the TV manufacturers will address down the road.

I still cant imagine 2grls+cup in 3D EEEW!

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They're not counting on the one thing that could and probably will stop their plans. We have to buy into it for it to succeed and allot of people are resisting so far. Those glasses suck to begin with, and the other equipment buy-in costs are astronomical, especially considering that the benefits are going mainly to advertisers who will immediately adopt, and then throw 3D-Crapolla at us non-stop and without our permission.

So, in review,.... spend a ton of money for technology that enables a massive dose of 3D-commercialism to inundate your internet experience without your consent,...or do not.

I'll have to think about that,.....Huh?

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Time to pull out that adblocker from my dusty addons pile :P lol.

@animatortom

I can't believe you mentioned that :P lol

That is a great way to save some money but will these companies do this? It would lose them sales of different TV and Monitor we will have to buy...

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Right:) Realneil...That's what I have been saying about this whole 3D thing.

When I bought my IMAX home system it was roughly 150 for two glasses and the converter. I got two for 300, enough for four people. Are they trying to tell me that the same system with shinier frames is worth over 200 bones more?

I believe if we all stop supporting this right now, they will be forced to incorporate the systems for free in the regular costs of all the tech they have now produced:) Then instead of the DVD being with the Blu-ray, the 3D version will be, instead of having to buy a completely separate disc.

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It's going to be incredibly hard to integrate 3D with the living room. 

Right now the best place for 3D to be is in theaters, because they have all the equipment there, so paying customers don't have to spend money on outrageous and expensive set ups, like 3D home theater systems. 

It's simply better that way, at this point in time. 

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I see how it could be fun to in terms of interaction but I really don't see the point in long term use. If I want to read a article I'll just read it normally as it should be read.

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Read an article normally? Of course! What makes you think they would apply 3D to text? I feel that 3D technology in this case is meant for visual content like entertainment. I don't see why someone would think that applying 3D to text would be more visually appealing. I also don't think this will be applied to advertisements anytime soon because you basically have your own ad blocker up by not wearing the glasses. Until wearing 3D glasses becomes the norm when you sit at your computer, I don't think this will happen.

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Ya true, they should have a way to make the glasses screen as the monitor or something so then you won't have to be wearing them :P.

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I don't know, Even now, to get a 3D effect you need a monitor with some depth to it to separate out the images.
 
Unless they can figure out some way to project from a laser onto a holographic screen.

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Inspector:

Ya true, they should have a way to make the glasses screen as the monitor or something so then you won't have to be wearing them :P.

There is a method of producing 3D without having to wear those glasses. It is called lenticular or barrier screens. The problem with this is that the viewer has to sit perpendicular to the screen because the view angle is very narrow. So you would be literally hogging the TV to yourself. Big Smile

 

I heard there was a new technology called autostereoscopic and they are doing manufacturing trials in TVs. I believe this is what the Nintendo 3DS will probably be using.

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Thats a interesting point Inspector. What will we do when pop-ups become pop-outs?

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does this mean i will have to wear 3D glasses everywhere I go?

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