Tummino #NTNM Assignment 2

5 years from now, waveables will be used in the broadcast journalism industry to enhance the quality of storytelling that is already out there. So long as any new technology exists than can enhance a craft, there will be a demand for its use, and waveables are no exception.

Right now, you see national news organizations make computer models of places where news stories take place. But using technology such as the Structure Sensor, they will be able to map entire places where a newsworthy event occurred. For example, if a murder occurred at a home, a news organization could map the home to show what happened. Granted, it would be a bit macabre, but it exemplifies how the technology would be used to bring the viewer to the scene of news.

You could also see interactive gesture walls popping up in newsrooms. Many news organizations are using giant televisions as part of showcasing news stories, and an interactive wall would definitely make those screens more appealing. Using the screens, anchors and reporters could interact with structural data taken from the real world.

LeapMotion technology could also be used to create interactivity with online audiences. News organizations could create content that users can manipulate themselves so long as they have the technology. This would make the news much more appealing because it turns consuming information — usually a passive act — into an active process.

20 years from now, the television component of journalism will be obsolete. Oculus Rifts will be in every home in America and will be the primary means by which news is consumed. Structural data sensors will be used to recreate real environments around the world and news consumers will merely put on their headsets to see what happened somewhere. Scanning technology will allow all major newsmakers to be scanned so virtual reenactments can take place. Online news consumers will be able to use technologies which interpret their body motions to explore virtual environments as well — and even alter them to uncover different things. By that point in time, an augmented reality platform like Magic Leap may have even evolved to let a news consumer step into a version of a real event without even having to put on a headset.

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