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Demystifying the Future of the Screen

Mody, Natasha (2018) Demystifying the Future of the Screen. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Mody, Natasha
Abstract:

Demystifying the Future of the Screen explores the creation of a 3D representation of volumetric display (a graphical display device that produces 3D objects in mid-air), a technology that doesn’t yet exist in the consumer realm, using current technologies. It investigates the conceptual possibilities and technical challenges of prototyping a future, speculative, technology with current available materials.

Cultural precedents, technical antecedents, economic challenges, and industry adaptation, all contribute to this thesis proposal. It pedals back to the past to examine the probable widespread integration of this future technology.

By employing a detailed horizon scan, analyzing science fiction theories, and extensive user testing, I fabricated a prototype that simulates an immersive volumetric display experience, using a holographic display fan. Its construct was inspired by pre-television optical media like phantasmagoria, Kristian Birkeland’s immersive cathode-ray environments, and NBC’s original news broadcast in the early 1900s. The treatment was influenced by sci-fi film visualizations.

Date: April 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: volumetric display, technology, screens, television, graphical display, device, entertainment, blue-sky, interface, simulation, science fiction, design fiction, hi-fidelity, prototype, speculative design, phantasmagoria, Birkeland, holography, display fan, illusion, autostereoscopic, virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 18:07
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 18:07
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2355

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