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Intel Guru Predicts a 3D Internet in Five Years

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It seems as though these days, we can't move for 3D technology; be it movies, games, consoles, sports, or televisions, the 3D craze is in full swing. Sean Koehl, a technology evangelist with Intel Labs, says that soon, even the Internet could be in 3D.

Discussing emerging technology, Koehl said that over the last 10 or 20 years, there's been a huge increase in the amount of computing power available for exploitation. Pairing this with the current passion for 3D, Koehl says we could be looking at some very different experiences than what we're used to; especially when it comes to the Internet.

Computerworld reports that of all the projects underway at the Intel Labs, Koehl is most excited about how 3D technology will change the way we interact with online information. Though Koehl did concede that the Internet will probably never go fully 3D (people probably wouldn't want to read 3D text for example), he predicted that in the next five years, 3D environments will be broadly accessible.

Computerworld:"The Internet may never go fully 3-D, but making 3-D environments broadly accessible is probably capable within five years," noted Koehl. "I think it remains to be seen but there are certain kinds of interactions people will want in two dimensions, like reading text. The things we'll do in three dimensions may be things that we don't do at all on the Internet today because it isn't feasible."

Koehl goes on to give the example of 3D conference, similar to the live Q&A we had earlier this week. However, instead of voices being represented by avatars in a virtual room, you could feel like you're in the room with us. Though we've seen similar ideas in the likes of Second Life and other virtual worlds, Koehl believes pairing 3D technology with more updated graphics, the realism could match the CGI we're used to seeing in movies.

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    crazymech , April 9, 2010 3:28 PM
    Hehe, and the ISPs are already complaining of heavy bandwidth. Wonder what they'll say when they hear this?
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    fr0stza , April 9, 2010 3:27 PM
    Can't wait for Youtube3D! :D 
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    mtyermom , April 9, 2010 4:14 PM
    fr0stzaCan't wait for Youtube3D!


    Or, more importantly, Redtube3D!!
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  • 13 Hide
    fr0stza , April 9, 2010 3:27 PM
    Can't wait for Youtube3D! :D 
  • 24 Hide
    crazymech , April 9, 2010 3:28 PM
    Hehe, and the ISPs are already complaining of heavy bandwidth. Wonder what they'll say when they hear this?
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    halls , April 9, 2010 3:30 PM
    Bummer.
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    whitecrowro , April 9, 2010 3:31 PM
    Knew that's coming,I've seen that done in Matrix, mr.guru!
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    babybeluga , April 9, 2010 3:33 PM
    I don't think they can lay that much fiber optic line down in 5 years.

    I know my Charter connection won't cut it.
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    phantomtrooper , April 9, 2010 3:33 PM
    Technology evangelist...WTH is that?
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    Anonymous , April 9, 2010 3:55 PM
    3D porn?
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    jecastej , April 9, 2010 4:08 PM
    He says 5 years I say more like 15 to 20 years. We need a lot more bandwidth, power/efficiency and a clear, polished or mature interface that presents a natural functionality to every user. Even in hundreds of years of constant use we still read better in synthetic graphics than in complex and realistic 3D environments. And some languages may find a natural functionality in some environments that may not be replaced ever. Really, I don't see it happening as a real 3D and not because of limited technology but because it needs to be well implemented on a second level behind a graphic structure. Take into consideration the virtual desktop. Why don't we have a real 3D desktop today?
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    mtyermom , April 9, 2010 4:14 PM
    fr0stzaCan't wait for Youtube3D!


    Or, more importantly, Redtube3D!!
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    darraghcoy , April 9, 2010 4:25 PM
    It's VRML all over again.

    Sorry, but for the most part 3D web pages are just not going to work. There might be cases such as video conferencing etc. where 3D will be useful- but not for basic navigation. Who would want to run through a maze or some other stupid 3D construct to get to what they want, when they could have just simply clicked on a button instead? That would get old very quickly...

    If anything the biggest game changer is going to be WebGL and the other HTML5 features- which will enable much more advanced graphics, effects and interactions in web pages. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of stuff can be done with HTML5.
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    hundredislandsboy , April 9, 2010 4:31 PM
    An in-your-face experience. I'm just guessing only but probably porn addicts consider this great news! I don't think I wanna see that stuff coming at me.
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    kr33py , April 9, 2010 4:34 PM
    YouTube etc..in 3d would be cool and certain other sites,but i really don't want to be opening up webpages to see big 3d advertisements popping out the screen while I'm trying to read :/ .
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    SAL-e , April 9, 2010 4:37 PM
    I think the 3D Internet is quite possible in 5 years, but most likely will not happen in USA, but in place like Japan, S.Korea, China or even East Europe. As other comments have notice the biggest obstacle would be the bandwidth required. With current ISP cartel the USA will continue to slip down in broadband rankings.
    Currently all cable companies are investing in some kind of 3D cable system. They control most of the broadband market in USA. You think they will allow 3D YouTube. LOL
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    shin0bi272 , April 9, 2010 4:40 PM
    Intel guru says 3d internet in 5 years... I say 3d is a fad and will be dead in 5 years unless we come up with actual 3d projection monitors like those in star wars.
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    qwed88 , April 9, 2010 4:44 PM
    Wow, they've been saying the same thing over and over since 1995.
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 9, 2010 4:54 PM
    I predict that Tom's Hardware will still have fanboys posting on the News section in 10 years. =D
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    cadder , April 9, 2010 4:58 PM
    I think they should concentrate on actually making the internet work. I live in a big city and have a major ISP for my home service, and a major ISP for my company service, and neither of them are reliable. We pay extra for high speed at my company and my normal home service is usually significantly faster. And neither service is reliable. We have frequent outages, too many to rely on the internet for telephone service like some people have.
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    jestern , April 9, 2010 5:06 PM
    Anyone else tired of the 3D craze/propaganda/hype/idiocy/ludicrousness yet? Its bad enough in movies and television, but now the internet as well?

    I suppose Generation-Y has to have something big and new (Even though its not big and definately *not* new) to define itself.

    Another take: 3D my ass, where is my flying car, my holographic display and my 5 petabyte storage device?? This is 2010 dammit!
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    office_dude , April 9, 2010 5:10 PM
    I predict that there will be holograms like star trek, in the next 100 years. I know in the future there will be a 3d internet. In 5 years, I don't think so... and if there is it won't be in the avarage consumer hands, maybe 10 years.
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    Anonymous , April 9, 2010 5:35 PM
    Maybe, but it won't be powered by Intel "LOL inside"-GPUs
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