Although there are still some unsolved technical problems, perhaps one day in the future, immersive media can subvert the traditional journalism with a new way of reporting. At the same time, forward-looking media workers are using all available platforms to understand the future of immersive media. With the expansion of the coverage and functions of immersive media, 3D, AR and VR platforms will provide new ways for journalists to share ideas.
After all, compared with traditional media, the biggest feature of immersive media is the introduction of user-oriented spatial dynamic technology, which improves readers’ sense of participation and brings the concept of “Space News” to the forefront of the industry.
At present, the mainstream form of news and the most popular form is video. From a single text narration to text + photos, and then to today’s real images, what happens in the world can quickly gather in front of your eyes, but the form of video restricts the viewer’s exploration space. Although TV has had a profound and revolutionary impact on culture and society, it can not bring the audience inner experience.
With the development of augmented reality technology and virtual reality technology of Google, apple, Facebook, snapchat and other companies, panoramic video has been widely used, and news will usher in the transformation from plane to space. Of course, space news is still limited by technology platform, production cycle, cost and so on, but the progress of technology will eventually solve all problems.
First of all, we need to understand that the evolution of journalism is not just about telling a fact with cool holograms. On the contrary, it will use 3D images to immerse you in the perspective of photographers and even God. For example, with space news technology, you can stand next to Mick Jagger or visit Rovers on Mars.
In addition, the sense of space will make the future news more memorable. Joshua Foer’s “moonwalking with Einstein” expounds the general principle that spatial understanding affects memory. In the book, the ancients speculated that spatial learning was of great help to memory, so they created a “Memory Palace”.
Before 2017, we can only experience space news in a special app – which is a huge restriction on AR, VR and mixed reality communication. For example, at the end of 2015, in order to show an immersive 360 ° panoramic video, the New York Times had to send out about 1 million Google cardboards and launch a special VR app. Not only does it cost to send the device, it is more difficult to persuade users to download the app to experience it.
Social media companies such as snap and Facebook have tried this method. In 2017, the economist published the article “food of the future” using snapchat and snapcodes, demonstrating advanced augmented reality technology on a large scale without downloading additional apps. The Wall Street Journal then used technology to publish an article on how to cut a turkey for Thanksgiving, but they can only be read on the new iPhone and tablet.
In addition, popular technologies such as 5g, point cloud and wearable devices will further influence space news. 5g can greatly speed up the production of large capacity news. Imagine that reporters can shoot 360 degree images on the spot, and users can experience them in a moment.
Point cloud is basically a data mapping of a world, which will allow data to be shared in a virtual world. Imagine walking past a coffee shop in New York, and you’ll get a notice saying that this used to be a gathering place for some punk band. You can immediately wear VR or ar glasses to watch a media release of the band’s concert video.
Wearable devices can also bring huge potential impact, it can let us participate in the news in many unimaginable ways. Although our AR / VR glasses are still very rudimentary, they basically only play the role of display. They bring news into view, but they haven’t changed our experience. Once hardware manufacturers build wearable devices that can access the above-mentioned point clouds, or at least map accurately with depth cameras, a new era of space news and information will emerge.
Although there are still various problems to be solved, large platforms have fully realized the power of this form of news and tested its impact through innovation. Maybe one day, space news will bring you to the battlefield, and the war will not be far away – your whole vision and feeling will be shrouded in a kind of fear similar to that in reality. You can also use local media products to get an accurate picture of the weather, but like most technologies, it can be good or bad. There is no doubt that the space centered experience constructed by space news in the future can better serve people’s memory and empathy, so news will be more influential.