While there are still some unresolved technical issues, perhaps one day immersive media will be able to disrupt traditional journalism with new ways of reporting. At the same time, forward-looking media workers are using all possible platforms to learn about the immersive media of the future, and as immersive media coverage and capabilities expand, 3D, AR, and VR platforms will provide news people with new ways to share ideas.
After all, compared with traditional media, the most important feature of immersive media is the introduction of user-oriented spatial dynamic skilled technology, which enhances the reader’s sense of participation, but also the concept of “space news” to the forefront of the industry.
At present, the mainstream form of news is also the most popular form is video, from a single text narrated, evolution to text and photos, to today’s real images, what happens around the world can quickly converge to your eyes, but the form of the video constrains the viewer’s space for exploration. Although television has had a profound and revolutionary impact on culture and society, it cannot bring the audience an inner sense of experience.
With the development of augmented reality and virtual reality technologies by companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Snapchat, panoramic video is becoming widely used, and news will be able to transform itfrom from plane to space. Of course, space news is still limited by technology platforms, production cycles, costs, etc., but advances in technology will eventually solve all problems.
What will space news look like?
First, we need to understand that the evolution of journalism is not just about telling a fact with cool hologram, but rather using 3D images to immerse you in the photographer’s or even God’s perspective. For example, with space news technology, you can stand next to Mick Jagger (the lead singer of the Rolling Stones) or visit the rover on Mars.
In addition, a sense of space will also make future news more memorable. Joshua Foer’s book, Moonwalking with Einstein, explains the general principles of space understanding that affect memory. In the book, the ancients speculated that space learning was of great help to memory, so they created the “Memory Palace”.
For example, you’ll hardly remember the names of new people you’ll know at a dinner party, but after a week, you might be able to draw an accurate picture of the venue. In other words, if you can put the elements you want to remember in that mind, the memory will be vivid and lasting.
The same applies to journalism, where space news guides a new era of highly influential stories and immerses the audience in it, leaving a more lasting mark.
Technical challenges and progress
However, creating these experiences can take a long time and also requires technical challenges and release constraints. As a result, most space news focuses on feature stories, such as NASA’s Mars mission to Mars (The New York Times) or the “Rainforest Fire” (TIME) coverage of the Amazon bushfires. These works can be seen as the exploration of learning and testing space news technology, they have been driving the development of space news, but also to improve the limitations of space news.
Until 2017, we can only experience space news in one particular app – a huge limitation for AR, VR, and mixed reality communication. In late 2015, for example, the New York Times had to send about 1 million Google Cardboard and a dedicated VR app to present an immersive 360-degree video, which made it more difficult to convince users to download the app to experience it.
Social media companies such as Snap and Facebook have tried this, and in 2017, The Economist used Snapchat and Snapchat to publish “Food of the Future” to showcase advanced augmented reality technology on a massive scale without having to download additional apps. The Wall Street Journal later published an article on how to cut turkeys on Thanksgiving, but they can only be read on the new Apple phone and on the board.
Future and Impact
In addition, popular technologies such as 5G, point cloud and wearables will further influence space news. 5G can greatly speed up the production of high-capacity news, imagine, reporters can be on-site to shoot 360-degree images, users can be in a moment.
Point clouds are basically a world of data mapping that will allow data to be shared in the virtual world. Imagine that when you walk past a coffee shop in New York, you get a notification that it used to be a gathering place for a punk band. You can immediately wear VR or AR glasses to watch a video of the band’s concert posted by a media outlet.
Wearables can also have a huge potential impact, allowing us to participate in the news in many unimaginable ways. Don’t look at our AR/VR glasses are still very rudimentary, basically just play the role of display, it brings the news into view, but has not yet changed our experience. A new era of space news and information will emerge once hardware manufacturers create wearable devices that can access the aforementioned dot cloud, or at least map accurately with a deep camera.
While there are still problems to be solved, large platforms are fully aware of the power of this form of journalism and are testing their impact through innovation. Perhaps one day, space news will take you to the battlefield, and war will no longer be far away – your entire vision and feelings will be shrouded in a fear similar to the reality. You can also use local media products to get an accurate picture of the weather, but as with most technologies, this can bring a good side and a bad side. There is no doubt that the space-centric experience of space news in the future can better serve people’s memories and empathy, and the news is therefore more influential.