Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Virtual reality to get its own network?

This could be very interesting if it's not, as some suggest, a scam:

Virtual reality to get its own network?
A nonprofit group says it plans to build a network called Neuronet purely to support virtual-reality game and business applications.

Neuronet, which is planned to be separate from the Internet, "will evolve into the world's first public network capable of meeting the data transmission requirements of emerging cinematic and immersive virtual-reality technologies," according to a Thursday announcement from the Vancouver-based International Association of Virtual Reality Technologies.

For more, see the home page of the group that's promting this: International Association of Virtual Reality Technologies

For the skeptical appraisal, see Group promises dedicated VR "Neuronet," skepticism ensues and Is Neuronet A Scam?

If this thing isn't a real project, it should be. If you look at the success of Second Life, you can perhaps imagine where this could go with high-quality video data and user-side equipment to create a "virtual reality" experience.

This particular project may not be for real. But just wait 10 years or so. The applications won't be just game playing. This is the future of business teleconferencing (big bucks there), and eventually virtual gatherings of families and friends.

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