Viewmaster of the Future

Configuration A - Binocular Form Factor

I started experimenting this summer with using orientation sensing as part of the interaction syntax for some kind of near-future cinematic interface. The idea is that your mobile device like a window into a panoramic visual story world. This is a prototype of Naimark’s Viewmaster of the future idea, in many ways. I think it’ll require some alternative rigging, perhaps an angled mirror so that the display (a TabletPC, just as a prototype — obviously too heavy, even the small 8.4″ display unit) is horizontal and the mirror reflects the image into your eyes. And, of course, stereo/3D video..and how do you create that? With the right eyepoint nodes so that stereo is maintained in a panorama?

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