Linked by David Adams on Mon 18th Oct 2010 17:14 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Microsoft has joined the wave of companies betting that 3-D is the next big thing for computing. At a recent talk at MIT, chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie said he sees the technology as an innovation that "will get people out of treating a computer as a tool" and into treating the device as a natural extension of how they interact with the world around them. Microsoft plans to introduce consumers to the change through its gaming products, but Mundie outlined a vision that would eventually have people shopping and searching in 3-D as well.
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Comment by Fergy
by Fergy on Mon 18th Oct 2010 18:13 UTC
Fergy
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2006-04-10

"will get people out of treating a computer as a tool" and into treating the device as a natural extension of how they interact with the world around them.

My phone, glasses, car, and gps navigator are tools that I use to interact with the world around me.

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RE: Comment by Fergy
by tomcat on Mon 18th Oct 2010 19:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by Fergy"
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2006-01-06

""will get people out of treating a computer as a tool" and into treating the device as a natural extension of how they interact with the world around them.
My phone, glasses, car, and gps navigator are tools that I use to interact with the world around me. "

And most of those devices are independent silos that don't/can't talk to one another.

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RE[2]: Comment by Fergy
by Fergy on Mon 18th Oct 2010 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Fergy"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

And most of those devices are independent silos that don't/can't talk to one another.

So let them talk to each other. Why do we need Minority Reports fantasy interface instead of proven technology?

Edited 2010-10-18 19:16 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Fergy
by tomcat on Tue 19th Oct 2010 17:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Fergy"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

"And most of those devices are independent silos that don't/can't talk to one another.
So let them talk to each other. Why do we need Minority Reports fantasy interface instead of proven technology? "

It's a little more complicated than you think.

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Don't they learn?
by stereotype on Mon 18th Oct 2010 21:07 UTC
stereotype
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2007-04-06

I'm sure all this "strategy" will end up with a product called Microsoft BOB 3D

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In reality
by fretinator on Mon 18th Oct 2010 21:25 UTC
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2005-07-06

There's a lot of 3D if I stop staring at my computer. Across the street there are some kids in a field playing 3D baseball. It looks very realistic.

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RE: In reality
by Neolander on Tue 19th Oct 2010 07:38 UTC in reply to "In reality"
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2010-03-08

Yeah, but in a computer program, if they smash a ball with high speed in the wrong direction, you're confident that the ball will bounce off the screen.

Whereas in reality, you can only sigh as you remember how much a window costs.

Edited 2010-10-19 07:39 UTC

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Again?
by dnebdal on Tue 19th Oct 2010 12:15 UTC
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2008-08-27

This sounds remarkably like the VRML period, when people thought what web pages needed was 3D navigation. (In short, the answer was "no, what people want is an efficient and fast overview").

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