That giant, shiny black hamster-ball up there is the Immersive Cocoon, and geeks, it is a brilliant concept design. Taking all the best features of what used to be fake science and applying them to a room-sized spherical theater… well, it’s indistinguishable from magic, really.
Imagine having a personal Holodeck. Aside from all the pervy implications, there’s serious and appealing usefulness to a room that surrounds its inhabitant in light and sound, can detect their position and movements, and offers an isolated workspace. The designers, Tino Schaedler and design-and-ad firm NAU, predict that the Immersive Cocoon will be installed in airports and malls and available for rent (presumably on an hourly basis) for travelers and business conferencing types.
The photo gallery at Dvice shows the Immersive Cocoon’s flexible usability–movies, yoga, gaming, and full-out immersive virtual travel. Check it out and let us know what you think!