From Omnidirectional Imaging
to Augmented Reality
You're immersed in the evening news of 2010. A ninety-second video bulletin reports an important extraterrestrial discovery on Europa, Jupiter's largest moon. Using your head-worn display, you look around the surface simply by turning your head. You look at the left-hand portion of the three-dimensional omnivideo (your gaze acts as a mouse would today) and say “select,” and a second window in your immersive environment plasma display reveals a special video inset with detailed animation showing how life began under Europa's frozen hydrogen crust. A special commentary from Arthur C. Clarke, the inventor of the communications satellite and the man who once posited that life might exist on at least one of Jupiter's four Galilean moons, explains what it all means for life on earth.
It has been said that newspapers are an editor's medium and that broadcasting is a producer's medium. To the extent that either of these statements is true, today it can be said that the Internet is a journalist's medium. The Internet not only embraces all the capabilities of the older media (text, images, graphics, animation, audio, video, real-time delivery) but offers a broad spectrum of new capabilities, including interactivity, on-demand access, user control, and customization. Thus using the new media tools available via the Internet, online journalists can tell stories using whatever mo-