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Source: Otherland: City of Golden Shadow, Page: 28

-And the local news as well, including lots of footage about the bomb at the college. It was strange to be on the net, watching in 360 degree stereoscope the same thing she had seen with her own eyes that morning. It was hard to tell which experience was more convincingly real. And these days, what did "real" mean, anyway?

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The 360 degree stereoscope the quote is talking about, would seem to be a form of stereoscopic QuickTime. Obviously pre-recorded, perhaps recorded by a 360 degree camera system ? those exist today ? that is built into a robot covering the disaster. This would basically follow the path of the automaton ? or perhaps human ? as they survey the scene, and talk about the experience.

A far more immersive form of newscasting, it would allow the viewer to look all around as the reporter moves forwards ? choosing their own perspective on the story, as it were. Perhaps see details the reporter missed.

The recording would then be accessible much in the way standard QuickTime VR is accessed, but with the added stereoscopic viewing providing a real sense of depth.

That said, and moving on to the second part, as the quote itself says, if you have a data feed, even pre-recorded, that lets you see the world in the same way as your own eyes, lets you look all around you as it moves forwards, and perhaps is even better than your own eyes naturally are, it is going to feel real. The surround nature of it, combined with an immersive display that wraps the visual around your head, makes it feel like you are really there.

Combine that with having been there yourself, and it is going to feel even more surreal than having been there and then seeing it on TV - because both your perspective, and the newscast perspective, truly make you feel that you were there.

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About the Book 'Otherland, Volume 1: City of Golden Shadow'
By Tad Williams
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The first book in the Otherland Saga, City of Golden Shadow serves as an introduction and ground setting book that enriches and deepens the later works. Among the many aspects of life in this near-future world it depicts in detail, is an advanced virtual reality technology.

City of Golden Shadow introduces the basics of total immersion VR technologies, slightly further ahead than those of William Gibson?s Neuromancer. It delves into all the possible uses for such technology in stunning depth and detail, yet it does so in such a way that the pace of the plot never slackens.
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