The 3D world is no longer confined within the walls of Hollywood since the Cave2 technology can now bring science fiction into the reality of different industries. The technology can set up a virtual world that will allow doctors to tour the human brain and architects to walk inside a yet-to-be-built skyscraper using only an eight-foot-high screen that surrounds the person in a 320-degree arc.
Can you imagine walking in a virtual world where physicians can look for brain clots and engineers can plan a building’s electric or security system? That is essentially what Cave2 has in store for medical practitioners, researchers, engineers and architects once the technology becomes available. Although the expenses for creating a 3D world using only screens, 3D glasses and a “wand” to command the system can be gargantuan, the medical field and other industries will be forever changed by this technology.
According to the News-Sentinel, Jason Leigh, the co-inventor of the second-generation CAVE, said that the technology hopes to address the burgeoning problem of researchers who are having a hard time trying to understand massive amounts of data. Have you ever been in a weather simulator? This technology will make it easier for weather bureaus to form conclusions about the onslaught of a coming typhoon. By simply wearing a pair of 3D glasses, researchers can create a virtual world to examine the effects of the data they only have on paper.
It is only a matter of time before this new technology becomes a norm in many hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and even automobile firms. The public these days are looking for a new form of marketing strategy that can show them the viability of buying a certain product or even the success rate of a heart or brain surgery. The Cave2 will allow them to better understand such complicated matters as a medical operation or the building of a skyscraper or even the design of a new sports car.
Challenges remain for CAVE2
Of course, as with a lot of new devices, this 3D world still has to face a lot of challenges. Mainly, the challenge would be how to convince conservative physicians, engineers and architects that this technology will make their jobs easier.
Then, there is also the question of how accurate the data would show once they are in 3D form. Will the arteries, veins and ventricles show exactly the way they are inside an individual or will there be some discrepancies? The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the computed tomography (CT-Scan) went through the same challenges when they were introduced before. It is a wonder though if turning the human anatomy into 3D format will show any inconsistencies from reality.
The entertainment industry has been shooting films in 3D format for years. It has become such a hit for those who want action movies to pop out from the screen as if they are happening in real life. It is only a matter of time before technology like the Cave2 can take over contemporary processes and transactions in various fields.