Conditions for Successful 3D Web Page Depth Perception

spaceball3D Web is the set of technologies that put user browsers in an online, interactive 3D environment.

A convincing 3D Web Page uses multi-modal content and presentation.

Our brains create useable, practical sensations of real world “depth” by integrating signals from multiple senses, each of which, alone,  are in some sense “flat”:

. Sight (two eyes) integrates into full visual perception
. Sound (two ears) integrates into full audio effect
. Taste (five flavors)
. Touch
. Smell.

The computer screen, on which a web page is displayed, is also flat: a physical, two-dimensional surface. But on this surface we can successfully project multiple informational feeds. And our brains can integrate these feeds into a convincing sensation of depth and dimension.

So how do we create a successful 3D Web Page? Does it require the use of stereo glasses? Not necessarily. A convincing 3D Web Page uses multi-modal content and presentation.

Conditions for Successful 3D Web Page Depth Perception

  • Multi-modal Content: TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
    • Text,
    • Imagery,
    • Sound / Music
    • Video / Animation
    • Art / News
  • Multi-Modal time: BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:
    • Static,
    • Dynamic
  • Multi-modal presentation: TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
    • Columns
    • Streams
    • Insets / Embeds / Captions
    • Banners / Footers
  • Multi-Modal Navigation: THE FOLLOWING:
    • Ability to “drill down” into a page for information without losing track of the start point from which one began
    • Planar, rather than linear, “cookie crumbs”
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