Grand Odyssey Futurecast System - You Star!
Space Child Adventure Grand Odyssey, an animated film showing at the Aichi Expo 2005, has a very special star - you! Visitors to the Mitsui-Toshiba Pavilion get a high resolution digital full-face scan; these faces are edited into that performance of the "film" in real-time.
(From Futurecast System - Space Child Adventure Grand Odyssey)
Every person who enters the theater gets a role; a Toshiba supercomputer inserts the necessary information and presents the one-time-only film. At a recent showing reported on in the TimesOnline, a grandmother in the second row was surprised to discover that her screen persona was a space commando, barking out orders to a squadron that comprised her daughter-in-law and a young couple in the fourth row.
(From Futurecast System - Mitsui-Toshiba Pavillion)
Similar technology can be found in John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar and Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age (thanks to an alert reader!). See science fiction inventions from Brunner and Stephenson.
And there are plenty of precursors. In his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury refers to a spot-wavex converter, which "caused [the] televised image, in the area immediately about [the] lips, to mouth the vowels and consonants beautifully." This allows everyone to participate.
Real people in real-life (and real-time) situations are the stars in the interactive video column from William Gibson's 1999 novel All Tomorrow's Parties. Everyone who walks into a Lucky Dragon convenience store sees video patched in from all of the other store cameras from all over the world.
What's next for cinema? The unique movie that your family appeared in is available for purchase in the lobby after the film, with outtakes, blooper reel, director commentary, "cast" interviews, and so forth. Talk about straight to video...
Read more about Go to the cinema and star in the film you're about to see and the Space Child Adventure Grand Odyssey (Mitsui-Toshiba Pavillion) website. See the extremely cool Grand Odyssey preview video.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 3/26/2005)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 3 )
Related News Stories -
'Facetime Facelift' Beautifies Video Chats
Always look your best - on Facetime.
Meeting Wendy Of Wendy's
Wendy of Wendys meet Rondald of McDonald's.
Narrative Science And Phil Dick's Homeostatic Newspaper
'The structure... was once a great homeostatic newspaper, the New York Times.'
BookTrack Adds Sound To Books
I really don't think this is a very good idea. Readers?
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Jaguar I-Pace Audible Vehicle Alert System For EVs
'Of course not a vehicle moved by means of internal explosions of a derivative of rock oil...'
Autonomous 'Fiberbots' Weave Large Structures
'It extrudes material like a spider.'
Birds Aren't Real - Wake Up, California! (With Bird Watching Guide)
'When he had first built them, they had been crude indeed, flying mechanisms with little more than a reflex-response unit.'
Self-Healing Material Pulls Carbon Out Of The Air
'... could seal the punctures.'
IRL Glasses Block Screens, Limit Vision To Real Life
'If you couldn't see the ads, how would you know what was fashionable?'
Testing The Single-Person Spacecraft
'...the lower part of the suit was simply a rigid cylinder.'
Shapeshifting Materials Transform By Light
'Its lines wavered, flowed, and then painfully reformed.'
Fully Automated Farm Iron Ox Hydroponics
'Had these machines in some incredible fashion been provided with brains?'
BrainNet Social Network Of Brains
'I used my implant to tell MILLIE what we wanted and she took care of it'
Phil Nuyttnn's City Under The Sea
'Under the lower roof there was no water, but a clear and luminous atmosphere...'
IONITY Opens First 10 Fast-Charging Stations
'Recharge the batteries... in almost every town and village...'
Superstrong Multilayer Metal-Graphene Composite Material
Negligible increase in weight increased material strength by hundreds of times.
Deepfakes Imperil Democracy (George Orwell, Right Again)
'All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.'
String Art Courtesy Of Robot Artist
The number of different ways to span a thread between a larger number of hooks is astronomical.
Still Wondering If You'd Work For A Robot Boss?
'This is all coming to you courtesy of the simstim unit wired into your deck, of course.'
World's First Autonomous Tram In Germany
What's it like for autonomous trams when they're turned off at night?
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories