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The Future of 3D: Mixing CGI with Auditory Illusions?

3D technology has become more common in the entertainment industry. Movies and television shows are produced in 3D, with the audience being given special glasses to view the effects. Developers have even found a way to create 3D effects in sound, creating a realistic experience for the listener. With the two advancement of the two technologies, it is conceivable that movies, television, games, or videos could be created with both 3D visual and sound effects, creating a total 3D experience that replicates a realistic experience as closely as technology will allow. Here’s how it works:

Auditory Illusions

Advances have been made in creating so-called “auditory illusions” in which sound appears to be coming from different locations independent of the speakers. One such example includes the “virtual barber shop” from Q Sound Labs:

The technology produces a sound that imitates real actions. As the barber in this clip moves to cut hair at different spots around the head, the sound moves in those directions. If the barber is meant to be at your right ear, you hear the scissors clipping by your right ear. The technology can also be used to create the illusion of sound in different spaces, such as a large room, a hallway, or a cave.

Possibilities for the Future

The technology exists for 3D visual effects and auditory illusions, but the two have rarely been combined on the big screen. While surround sound has been able to replicate the “3D” experience to some extent, it hasn’t been as effective as the technology seen in the type of auditory illusions created in the “virtual barber shop.” It’s possible that future movie-going experiences could include the use of 3D glasses for the visual effects and personal headphones for the sound effects.


Of course, creating personal sound ports for individual movie goers has practical and cost limitations. Doing so would require re-outfitting most movie theaters, or giving audience members personal, portable sound devices, such as a small radio on a limited frequency. The technology also has limits for personal viewing. While individuals could watch programming on a laptop and use personal headphones for the sound effects, the same experience could not be replicated by watching on a television set, which would include a larger picture for a more enjoyable viewing experience. As 3D technology grows and is embraced by larger audiences, the technology to view and enjoy will have to change with it.

Already, 3D technology is growing for movie-goers, with more 3D screens available and up to 40 percent of ticket sales coming from 3D films this year. Breakout films like Avatar have shown the possibilities for 3D visual technology and audience demand for the technology when it is done well. Combining this type of innovation in visual technology with innovation in sound technology can create a unique movie experience that could change the way films and television are created.

Idle Musings – Fear

Fear is a summers day in the garden, with the birds singing and the daisies being gently chained by your children.  Fear is that indescribable, wonderful moment where he finally works up the courage to ask, and you finally say ‘I do’.  Fear is graduating, diving, riding, dancing, singing, running, playing, joy.


Fear is your best moment on your best day.


Fear is the benchmark, by which all things after are measured and found wanting.  And when found wanting, its that sickly feeling in the pit of your stomach, the whispers in the dark at night saying it’ll never be that good again.


From the moment we’re born until the day we choke out our last breath, we fear.  A little is a good thing; it drives us to improve, make things better, explore.  Too much fear combined with too little improvement and exploration causes problems across the board.


It’ll start small, you won’t notice.  First as dust, then as a mite…  progressing to caterpillars, snakes, worms, dragons – it never ends if never addressed.  Sometimes when you notice it’s too late and you have a battle on your hands to return.  Sometimes you refuse to notice, instead doing all in (and sometimes outwith) your power to avoid triggering it, all the while telling yourself it isn’t there.  Other times it doesn’t grow past a certain point, becoming more like a pet than an insidious, devious, killing machine.


Don’t let the puppy eyes fool you.


If caught early it can be turned aside, chopped, boiled, burned, stomped on – pick your destruction.  Get good enough and it becomes a game.  Fail at the game and the very things you’re afraid of losing move that much further from you; fear causes problems, rarely prevents them.


Oh, and it also saves your life.  Best to throw that in there; it’ll stop you doing truly dangerous things, like a guardian angel or over-protective parent.  Pushing through it prevents stagnation and ultimately decay.  It’s a beautiful thing that lets you appreciate what you had, have, and could have.  It’ll run your life if given an inch, it’ll save it if not.


I’d recommend you juggle; someone dear to me said that was nonsense, and  you should fly.