As we wrap up our series on the importance of common language, let’s focus on stereoscopic 3D in the world of education (or, eS3D). Confusion about what we mean by educational 3D content is still widespread. In fact, a dozen-or-so talented 3D content producers I have chatted with recently think it is all about 3D movies.
Contrary to the thinking of many industry experts, educational stereo 3D content is not just 3D movie content with an educational purpose. First, eS3D involves any or all of the six categories of content demonstrated in the taxonomy chart shown below:
Although some big players seem satisfied with plans to roll out content associated with the first category (movies), this is the content least in demand by educators. Second, the kind of eS3D that educators require is generally shorter in length than other 3D content. Third, it involves less rapid movement and is far more static, than the images one sees in movies, games, or 3D sports television. Fourth, eS3D is often interactive in nature. Last, eS3D more richly favors negative parallax over positive parallax in highlighting essential learning.
Content developers that think otherwise are just barking up the wrong tree. What is your opinion? Please post your thoughts.