Magazine article The Futurist

Interactive Video on Display

Magazine article The Futurist

Interactive Video on Display

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Several major events in interactive video took place in Washington, D.C., during the last week of November 1989.

"Tech 2000, " the first permanent exhibit of interactive media, opened at Washington's new Techworld Plaza, a center for technologically oriented businesses. Tech 2000 is an attractive, multifloored exhibition space with areas devoted to the home, office, and entertainment centers of the next century, featuring hands-on demonstrations of a wide spectrum of interactive computer and video technology. According to Greg Laskaris of the Interactive Video Industry Association (IVIA), the exhibit's sponsor, Tech 2000 "is a permanent site where people can see the sophistication and utility of interactive applications, as well as the breadth of the applications that already exist."

Graphics, still pictures, full-motion video, animation, text, and sound are all available using interactive video. At the Tech 2000 exhibit, these different types of information are accessed via personal computer; a demonstration computer responds to the choices made by the user, displaying different types of information in response to the user's request.

"The power of interactive video is the ability of the user to interact with on-screen video, rather than passively watching television," Laskaris points out. Different examples of the kinds of information that can be stored on a videodisc include afl the paintings and sculptures in the Louvre, the contents of an entire encyclopedia, or the movie Citizen Kane. …

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