Immersive Cocoon // Step Into The Future

published in: Design By Ricardo Hernandez, 17 May 2011

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Directed & 3D CG by Oliver Zeller, Video Courtesy of I-Cocoon

The world of interfaces continues to evolve and surprise us. We still think of it as something we can hold, fold and place in our bag to carry anywhere. What if you can be part of an intuitive and holistic experience where your interface is not reduced to a mouse-click or a two dimensional tablet screen. Welcome to the Immersive Cocoon, a surround display dome with sophisticated motion sensor technology that inspired  the technology depicted in 'Minority Report'. Now your body becomes the interface, as you are enveloped and your body movement becomes part of this digital environment to make our everyday lives more enjoyable, at least that is what this conceptual project tries to explore.

Image Courtesy of I-Cocoon

The Immersive Cocoon opens its hatch silently and extends a small set of stairs that helps you move into this 360 degree display covering the entire interior walls. Inside you can sit, lean, and accommodate an adjustable work surface depending on how your imagination desires to utilize the Cocoon. You can connect into a virtual meeting across the globe, do yoga while at the airport or even visit a preserved temple in Tibet right from home, mall, or anywhere else this product will be located. I am not going to lie, I would like this in my job as I would not mind having lunch on the coast of a Greek island at least twice a week.

Image Courtesy of I-Cocoon

Image Courtesy of I-Cocoon

The Cocoon's potential extends beyond leisure and into education, productivity, training and other uses that would benefit from this immersive technology. This spherical pod seems to show promise in many levels but the question always become its financial feasibility and social acceptance. Although innovative, something this ground breaking seems to have a hard time being implemented in public spaces. Seeing the roll out of this technology will be interesting and full of insight as more people interact with it. We can guarantee that it doesn't lack thought and ingenuity as its 3D motion tracking system was developed by John Underkoffer, a former fellow of the MIT Media Lab. This conceptual prototype developed by NAU out of Zurich, Switzerland, shows immense opportunities into future daily and exclusive activities. What will be the price we pay financially, socially and psychologically? Maybe it will not be hard to adopt after all as we are really used to seeing this kind of innovation on the big screen. Could we be ready for it? Let us know your thoughts.

Image Courtesy of I-Cocoon

Image Courtesy of I-Cocoon

Image Courtesy of I-Cocoon

Image Courtesy of I-Cocoon

Image Courtesy of I-Cocoon

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I-Cocoon, NAU

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    Jeff Boettner | 2012-08-05 21:13:05

    Great hub. I imagined something like this for the future, I didn't think a prototype would be out so soon. I'm wondering how much something like this may cost? And how far out is this from becoming a reality. Fantastic article, especially the pics!

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    Blair | 2013-04-30 22:24:12

    My thoughts exactly

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    Russ | 2012-08-22 01:24:24

    That room looks exactly like the one featured at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey. I assume intentional?

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    Roger | 2012-10-19 21:39:39

    And that Keir Dullea fellow that's in it -- he looks a lot like the guy from 2001: A Space Oddysey. Also intentional?

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    John G. | 2012-11-05 09:11:47

    Keir Dullea looks exactly like Keir Dullea from 2001: A Space Odyssey, only aged 44 years. What a remarkable coincidence

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    Andrew Stretch | 2012-08-22 20:10:15

    Looks like a GANTZ ball, I hope it works like one too :D

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    Sustainable Earth | 2012-09-09 19:36:43

    The technology is flat out awesome, everyone would want it. The only issue I see with inventions like this is that we lose more human contact, pulling us farther away from one another.

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    mikeffox | 2012-10-11 22:36:36

    Does anyone know the name of the string song that plays at the end? It was beautiful

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    Benjamin Rafferty | 2012-10-20 15:44:21

    You are all already in one of these. The version you are in is more 'intelligent' and reacts to your emotions creating a world unique to the observer reflecting their perspective of life. :?n

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    Steven | 2012-10-22 03:15:59

    The future is not going to be like this. Trust me.

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    Anthony Robin | 2012-11-05 05:26:59

    what about something like this that has a sort of omni-directional treadmill style floor? something that keeps the user centered in the sphere even if they walk, run, jump, etc. i've been dreaming about totally immersive gaming since i was a kid.

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    Glenn | 2012-11-27 09:37:29

    I already have this set in motion. I stumbledUpon this today and its good to see i'm not the only one trying to achieve this. It is a nice sleek design although all the initial prototypes are gonna look way more rough for the time being.

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    Ian | 2012-12-14 13:54:17

    Freaking cool I want one now! How much? :P

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    Adam | 2013-01-18 22:59:43

    of course we're ready for it! I've been dreaming about this sense i was a little kid. if people aren't ready then i wouldn't feel bad leaving them behind. adapt or gtfo xD

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    Mishius | 2013-02-05 15:24:41

    This is how I've always envisioned the future of gaming. Exciting times.

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    Andrew | 2013-02-07 18:59:30

    This is such a scary thought, not that we aren't already going down this route already as a society, but now we are undeniably considering shutting ourselves in our own little world of make-believe and seclusion and closing out the real world. It's like the Matrix except like most of the responses on this site indicate, we are asking for it and welcome it! Welcome to the world of the real - or not. The idea may be of innocent nature however think of the implications of being able to sit in there all day and touch, feel, and be surrounded by a computer generated world. There will be so many who may not want to ever come out. And as the generations/technology progress they may make that a possibility. This may sound like paranoia to an extent, but I think its something to consider carefully.

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    Alasdair | 2013-03-05 11:14:57

    I don't think you need to worry. Since the advent of TV technology has been making us ever more sedentary and isolated at home - because we asked it to! But - and this is key - the backlash has already begun. More and more average Joes are realizing what has happened to them, and as a culture we have begun to demand that technology bring us together and make us more active. Social networks are the baby steps in that process, as are the new "active" video games, like Wii Fit or Nike+ Kinect Training. Is there a long road ahead? Absolutely. But we're on our way. Nobody wants to live in the future you've foreseen, and consumer technology evolves to meet consumer demand. For a much more likely glimpse of the medium-term future of an electronic world of make-believe, look to Google's Project Glass and similar "wearable" technology. You're still surrounding yourself in a bubble of content, but that bubble can interact with other people's bubbles, even let you know that the guy sitting next to you on the bus happens to share your love of nineteenth century porcelain. Maybe I'm just the eternal optimist, but I do believe everything's going to be okay!

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    Andrew | 2013-03-06 22:33:20

    I see your point and agree in some respects. I'd like to share your faith in humanity's desire to move towards the good things in life. However we don't have a very good track record. But to stick to the topic of technology, I still think old school is best. Instead of Wii fit etc, get outside and into nature physically; get outside and taste the fresh air. Why do you need a video game to do that. Get dirty! And as far as the person next to you on the bus its a double-edged sword as people can just as easily judge you for your interests and whether your even worth talking to before you even open your mouth. The old school art of conversation is dying fast and one of the greatest natural joys is talking to someone to find out about them and hear their stories etc. Technology itself is not evil, but everything in proportion.

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    Atwas911 | 2013-02-10 08:24:12

    This would never be a consumer device, unless it was priced under a million and designed to be placed in a person's back yard. There is no way anyone could get this into their home unless the home was built around it. Something like this would not be a "some assembly required" type device...

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    ryan | 2013-02-22 21:52:37

    I thought of this like 5 years ago, but I don't have the skills to actually bring it to life like they do so bravo. The same thing came from dragon ball z cartoon...they trained in it.

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    Joey | 2013-03-05 07:57:11

    Porn on this thing would be unreal....

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    Jesse | 2013-04-15 19:19:24

    Yes, yes it would and so would playing call of duty or Battlefield!

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    Jack | 2013-03-05 21:32:59

    This technology needs to be commercialized, fast. I've seen two comments below that I notice have no response that both pose valid arguments. Firstly, you have the "what will it do to society?" Argument and secondly "how do I fit it in my house?" In regards to the sphere's effect on society and how it may lead to less human interaction I feel that human beings are becoming more reclusive by the year as we endure natural disasters, racism and alarming crime rates internationally. It may be a good thing for families and individuals to move further towards immersive technology as the google generation have demonstrated how limitless and accessible information has become. Thanks to technology humans are becoming more intelligent, able to live longer and accomplish a lot more in this time. Technology like this could very well be the next step in evolution, un-natural as that may be. "How do I get it in my house?" - I have no idea. Could there be purpose built 'rooms' in the next 10/15 years? I would also like to know if I can come over and play with it?

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    Dray-Dray | 2013-03-20 03:53:16

    You guys do realize this is just Darth Vader's meditation chamber, right?

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    Deladus | 2013-04-20 13:11:17

    That is EXACTLY what I thought when I first saw this. They just changed how you enter it.

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    Kiki | 2013-03-21 03:23:59

    Has anyone ever seen the Detective Conan movie "The Phantom of Baker Street"?

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    Monesh | 2013-04-13 18:35:13

    Really fantastic and all but whats the price? From what i have ssen the price would at least be over $15000 and i'm curious about whether if this is successful,will it eventually replace houses? Maybe in the future there will be models the size of a small house. Though that is quite a stretch.Its not portable so is it limited to your home? Maybe offices and schools will have these one day.Or maybe it will be banned for some reason. I don't know. But i do hope this is a commercial success. The closest thing we have to this besides mobile phones computers and tablets is the upcoming google glass. But they do have some safety issues. Anyway,cheers.

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    Zack | 2013-04-20 17:43:40

    this is cool and all, but its the worst things we can do for humanity. We think technology is bringing us closer together, but it is just distancing ourselves from nature and other individuals. When technology like this gets into our homes we are going to stay there. We will be immersed in our own little worlds forgetting the one that is actually around us. Personal interactions are going to be eliminated. The government could send us any messages they want. We will be powerless, and divided. With technology subduing us, and preoccupying us, corporations and government will continue to take our rights away. We will be dependent on our technology, unable to survive without it. What will happen to society? what will happen to the environment? How significantly will our health diminish? Our society needs change. Realize what is happening in our world, and where we are headed. I fear for the future

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    Adam | 2013-04-24 23:08:53

    We already depend on technology. It is part of what makes us human. As soon as we began relying on rudimentary tools to help us survive we have been changed irrevocably by those tools. The technology we have today may subdue us in certain ways but it also helps advance every area of our society, not to mention allowing free communication of ideas and news across the world. People will always love entertainment and as technology advances, the entertainment becomes more and more sophisticated. It is nothing to be scared of, it is something that enables everyone to disseminate ideas in new and more powerful ways.

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    Yosif Starkov | 2013-04-20 21:37:35

    This is really Great!!! :)))) I think the cost does not really matter. The benefits that will come out of this are enormous... this would change the life, the world ... It should be implemented in real life and to be accessible for everyone.

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    Clyde Miller | 2013-04-23 19:53:55

    Scary and inviting at the same time. I wonder if we are about to "eat the forbidden fruit?" I don't know your rating system.

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    Halvard L | 2013-04-27 12:23:10

    No progress here. Just a Time Capsule built to make people more lonely or isolated, just like the internet already is. Totally science fiction, totally non-fellowship - totally useless.

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    Avi | 2013-04-28 00:56:03

    Is this like a pokemon ball ? =)

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    iFame Media | 2013-05-08 07:07:48

    Based on the movies I saw growing up we were supposed to be happy once the boy in the bubble escaped... Also, doesn't this remind you a little of how Mork from the show Mork and Mindy traveled?

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    Austan | 2013-05-08 07:43:52

    2001 Space Odyssey anyone?

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    Kurtis | 2013-05-26 06:05:47

    Wait.. does this exist?

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    Justin | 2013-06-27 07:47:32

    I wonder how well it ventilates. It would be amazing to incorporate the scent of the Greek islands, salt water sea smell, or any other scent, damp forest, flowers, pine, lavender. How about mimicking high alpine winds and bitter cold while giving you 360 degree views from famous peaks ? A very interesting technology with incredible potential to simulate momentous experiences.

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    Markm Mitchell | 2013-12-31 10:55:52

    2001 Space Odyssey repeat. There goes reality!

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