| :: DOUBLE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE ::
December 2, 2003
Sheridan learners visited the Toronto Immersion Studios for
a tour with Tasha Aulls and a talk with Rodney Hoinks, co-founder
and architect. Immersive Studios provides multiplayer immersive
experiences in a theatre environment and for desktop. Several
features were experienced including voting on energy and marine
Learners then took a tour of the Sheridan Immersion Studio
and played InnerSpace a space feature to catch a space virus
that has affected a space traveller. It is an exploration
of the body with great sound and three panel theatre screen
right upstairs above the labs.
We perhaps are witnessing the future of movies where audiences
vote on the direction the movie takes like in Fahrenheit 451.
Or better yet, audiences control characters individually or
collectively. Collectively controlling game players is an
area of personal research by Professor Dan Zen and will be
explored by learners as we study the Flash Communication Server
in the second term.
Immersion Studios use Flash and Director for the game elements of their features which was encouraging to see for the students as they look out for exiting places to apply their skills.
Learners prepared McLuhan Tetrads for Multiplayer Immersive Theatre based
on the tours and on in-class research and presentations. The Tetrads are available at: http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/tetrads/immersion.html.
Learners analyzed what the technology enhances, makes obsolete,
retrieves and flips into. The lecture / lab experience is
part of the Sheridan Multimedia Pioneering course where a
new technologies with respect to Interactive Multimedia are
examined and working samples are explored. The technologies
Mediated Reality and Wearable Computing
Peer-to-peer Chat and File Sharing
Architecture - Digital Walls, Smart Homes & Walk-throughs
3D Cyberspace Worlds and Interfaces
Course Coordinator: Professor Dan
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