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When 3D Becomes a Busman's Holiday

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

The headset began to feel claustrophobic, so she pulled it off and watched the rest of the news she wanted to see on the wallscreen. Full surround was a bit of a busman's holiday for her anyway.

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A busman?s holiday, for those not aware of the term, refers to a holiday which is identical, or near identical to the experiences and practices the person experiences during their normal working life.

The quote, is essentially proposing that because of the advantages of full 3D surround immersion, this will become the interface standard of choice amongst industry and education alike. The quote is of course quite accurate in this statement, and the only question really, is how long it will take industry in general to awaken to this fact.

It also poses an interesting question: When such interface hardware as to allow full 3D surround immersion is common in business, in industry and in Education, will we truly seek out the same type of interface, to spend with our leisure time?

The answer to that, is probably dependent on the intrusiveness of the interface, and how really 'there' the physical components feel. If as in this case, the headset is always there, reminding you that you are wearing an interface device, then no, it is very likely that a majority of individuals are unlikely to desire to wear one during their 'off' time, if they have to wear one all the time whilst at work.

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About the Book 'Otherland, Volume 1: City of Golden Shadow'
By Tad Williams
Produced By DAW Books

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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