Rolling news 24/7 is now an accepted part of our media consumption. But the next big thing could be 360-degree news. With the rise of smartphones prompting news sites to expand to video, VR is the next frontier in providing viewers with a totally immersive experience. Imagine, virtually, being at the centre of world events or dropping into a war zone for an all-round view of breaking news.
According to Brendon Montgomery from Bubl, the 360 degree spherical camera manufacturer, it could happen as VR impacts other industries such as news broadcasting. “There will definitely be a point of convergence with augmented reality devices and the general consumption of content will be completely radicalised,” claims Montgomery. And Bubl’s not the only innovation potentially to transform the news. Devices like Microsoft’s Hololens (an augmented reality tool) will allow people to stream news in an overlay, offering a real-time feed of global events against the background of day-to-day life.
Pretty soon, it seems, we’ll all be in the news.