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#396366 - 08/24/13 02:59 PM The Future of A/V
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Now is the time for you to give free reign to your imagination and still stay within the bounds of some realism here.

What i want is that you write what you think Audio and Video should be like in the future - the ideal AV system - in some hundreds of years or, why not, in some thousand of years from now.
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#396368 - 08/24/13 03:41 PM Re: The Future of A/V [Re: J. B.]
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I am going to go for 50-100 years.

The first step in audio will be something that I've mentioned a few times in the past.

Sorry Axiom, but the future in audio for larger groups (not just a single listener) is an active laser array. You enter the room and the system starts tracking your ears. It them focuses sound waves via lasers directly to your ears. That means that each person can get either slightly or dramatically altered sound based off of their head placement.

For example, you are sitting forward watching some chick flick called 'Ever, Ever, Ever After' and things are pretty much the same for all viewers, but you put in 'Star Wars EP:19' and during a battle scene, as you turn your head, the sound field changes specifically for you via your portion of the laser array. You can even turn around completely and get full 360 degree discrete audio both horizontally AND vertically (a sphere of sound) all while preserving each of the other listener's audio experience. Stand up right as a laser blast is going by, and it will sound like it went right through you. Awesome!

Tied to that will, of course, be a full immersion video setup. Rooms will start to becoming more rounded with domed ceilings and curved walls. The system will rely on active panel displays (no projectors to seam up or place somewhere). You look around and are completely surrounded with the environment, even the boring parts of the two lover birds walking in a park in 'Ever, Ever, Ever After.' The floor will be, for some time, still a solid and flat surface. The video system will also be 3D, but not holographic yet, and each viewer will see a different 3D image customized to their vantage point. That technology for multiple vantage point, glasses free 3D is already being developed, so this should not be a problem for a group of people in 50-100 years.

After that, the jump will go from video rooms to the Holodeck. Full holographic projections using the same laser isolation sound system. The floors will dynamically move and allow people to interact with the space as well. This will initially be only in large commercial spaces and catered towards 30-60 minute "adventure" films for smaller groups. Mainstream actors will not be needed as the viewers are the actors. This will prove to be a gimmick for consumers, but governments will use them for simulations.

In about 150 years, after the actors protest not being useful, full on "beam the data into your brain" tech will come along. You will relax in your favorite comfy chair and have the images and video shot right into your brain for a full "this is real" experience. (Side note: Sony has had a patent on this concept for a few years.) This will soon lead to the "Total Recall" type of system that instead of letting you experience the story in real time, implants the "memories" into your mind. It only needs 5 minutes from start to finish. This soon leads to "Matrix" style data learning, but knowing Kung Fu in your mind, does not mean that you know it in real life.
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#396370 - 08/24/13 06:31 PM Re: The Future of A/V [Re: nickbuol]
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Nick. I have this vision of and AI whispering "Sorry Dave" in your ear as a number of sonic lasers burn holes in your brain. The HALL 9000 sound system. grin

Why not a real hollodeck where, using the magic of quantum physics we are able to create our own universe bubbles. Comes completed with a pre-programed Seven of Nine.

Or you could go the Matrix route where its all in your head via neural implants.
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#396385 - 08/25/13 10:29 AM Re: The Future of A/V [Re: J. B.]
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Nick,
how about your system checks your hearing as well as ear position.
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#396391 - 08/25/13 01:22 PM Re: The Future of A/V [Re: J. B.]
nickbuol Offline
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Oh, I wasn't clear. The lasers don't zap your ear drums, they create micro-sound waves just outside of your ears, at a volume that you like to give you a perfect experience even if it is different tha. the person next to you.
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#396416 - 08/25/13 09:22 PM Re: The Future of A/V [Re: J. B.]
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I'd like total immersion where you are sitting or standing in the environment, and you become one of the actors as the action takes place around you. I supposed this would be similar to the holodeck aboard the Enterprise. Can be either a game, a movie, or a combo of both where you interact on an intelligent level with the movie characters, the outcome could vary depending on your input.

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#396419 - 08/25/13 09:38 PM Re: The Future of A/V [Re: J. B.]
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Nick,
I understood perfectly. But I think your method assumes someone has perfect hearing and is only correcting for position. If the system could provide a hearing test for each person then it could provide additional customization.
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#396422 - 08/25/13 11:29 PM Re: The Future of A/V [Re: J. B.]
nickbuol Offline
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Loc: Marion, IA
Sort of like a self calibration.... Ahhhh... Nice idea.

I can see it now. Before the movie starts, test tones are beamed to the near sound field by your ears. The audience is sitting there, raising their right and left hands in correspondence to the tones being heard.
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#396443 - 08/26/13 12:54 PM Re: The Future of A/V [Re: CatBrat]
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Originally Posted By: CatBrat
I'd like total immersion where you are sitting or standing in the environment, and you become one of the actors as the action takes place around you.

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