360 vision

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I’m surprised I’ve never seen this idea being tried…

When I’ve was a kid I’ve read a report about an experiment. A guy put goggles with screens so that he could see nothing but the screens (ala virtual reality). The same device also had one or two cameras and the screens projected an upside-down image of the camera(s). After a while (I remember three days) of bumping into furniture, walls and eventually the floor, the guy stopped noticing the images were upside down. The brain switched to interpret the new images.

When they removed the goggles, suddenly everything was upside down and the brain took the same amount of time to switch back.

I’ve immediately got this idea: let’s put cameras all around the head in a helmet and let’s compress the 360 image into the two screens. At first we’ll be very confused but after a while we’ll be able to see 360. Wouldn’t it be great?


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