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The monitors will let people see high-resolution 3D images or run 3D programs without using special glasses or additional software. For example, bodies and bullets appear to fly all over the place in a version of the popular game "Quake" that has been adjusted to work on Sharp's 3D monitors.
This technology seems to be gaining some steam. Right now they have things like quake using the 3D technology, which they say only took a day to implement. They are expecting to rollout these things in 2003. It is the next frontier for a graphic artist. How will this effect the future of visual design. We have really been stuck in a 2d world.
I know at first it will be like watching a bad 3D movie. People will have stuff come out of the screen. I am predicting a Flash like beginning, where people will use it because its cool but not really weave it into the overall goal of the project.
They say that the users can turn off the 3D capability. We will have to see if it is easy to do or a big pain. It really interest me because it really is a huge step. I wonder what every one else thinks about how this will effect the Internet and graphic design as a whole.
I think they will just develop a browser with a 3D interface that can display a 2D page.
Perhaps have a cube that you could spin and display a different page on each face.
The full potential of the technology will be met by entertainment (video games, animations) and websites will become even more of a solely informational medium.
I think there would be the same concerns in deleloping websites for this technology as there are for other new technologies - bandwidth, compatibility, etc.
Video games are a different kettle of fish - the software is on the disk that the user installs - websites dont have that luxury.
I do think advertisers will have a field day though.
I think you are right about advertising. It will reach an entirely new level of annoyance.
Ie, remove the need for mouse and keyboard for those who have difficulty usng them.
A virtual interface could be customised so much more easily.
I believe that it will definitely enhance the users experience. It will also allow designers to reach a level of believe-ability never seen before.
It's one of those chicken and egg problems. Nobody will pay the prices for these monitors (which are about 2-3x that of a normal LCD monitor) without having some really good applications for the technology. And no software companies will develop the applications with the additional cost (and bloat of the software, etc) unless there is a wide adoption of the hardware itself.
I don't think it is something that is going to go away, but it is the speed at which it is accepted. And I agree with the catch-22. Like HDTVs didn't really market well until a few years ago even though they were available. The broadcasters didn't what to send a HD signal because noone had the hardware and no one wanted the hardware because no one sent the signal.
I think computers are different though. At any rate they saturate the market it is a good thing to start thinking of implications.