From: Bob Yarwood
Location: Mirfield, West Yorkshire, England
For the last two years I have been trying to interest people in an idea I have had for a new way of making and showing movies and video games. It seems quite simple and obvious to me, but for some reason no-one else has thought of it, or thinks anything of it. Briefly,it uses a
head-mounted display helmet with head-tracking and computer control of the image so that the viewer seems to be inside the scene with the action going on all round. I have written an essay about it and posted it as a website at this address:
Virtual Space - the movies of the future
The only mention I have found of this idea was in Eon (which incidentally is my favourite SF novel). I have put the relevant passage, slightly altered, in the essay with an acknowledgement. No doubt you will remember it!
I have said "yes" to your question about posting this letter on your site, but I leave it up to you if you want to do so.
I won't take up your time with any more explanations - if you would like to read the essay, which should only take about 5 minutes, we can discuss it later if you feel inclined.
From: Greg Bear
Thanks, Bob! It's a cool idea, and very likely possible with just a good pair of 3D projection glasses. I also touched on these displays in QUANTICO and MARIPOSA, and they would indeed revolutionize cinema! As well as interior decorating...
From: side-about candor
Um, what has happened to the 'projecting lasers into the eyes of the audience' noted in Howard Reingold's VIRTUAL REALITY ('90) ?
From: Greg Bear
Laser-retina scanning is still a real option. And of course the joke is, you can get your eyes corrected and watch a 3D movie at the same time!