Can you imagine watching 360-videos on a projection dome, while sitting in a motion-sensing chair?
And the tech giant’s latest creation does just that. The “Immersive Space Entertainment” concept developed by Sony was recently unveiled at SXSW and had attendants talking. One Mashable writer even said it’s the “coolest” way to watch spherical video.
The new technology certainly does allow users to sit in a motion-sensing chair while they keep their eyes on a huge projection dome playing a video. And while this project remains nameless, it was still displayed at the “Wow Factory” exhibition at SXSW next to Sony’s other experimental technology.
Two 4k projectors are utilized and are “blended,” a Sony rep today Mashable, so a user can’t tell where one starts and another begins. Plus, users can steer the video! Rotating in the chair means the video changes with your movements.
And that’s not all. Sony also demonstrated a “cyber gym” where the dome was partnered with a stationary bicycle featuring motion sensors. So as you pedal, you could effectively steer by leaning in different directions. Can imagine traveling the world virtually with this?
The projection dome can also also act as a music visualizer. Sony took to Twitter to post a quick video of the dome in action, check it out:
— Sony (@Sony) March 14, 2017
And then take a look at this cool interactive tabletop that was also displayed at SXSW: