The virtual aquarium


Mitsubishi was showing off a "virtual aquarium" yesterday, which has a surprising number of intended users, from the lazy, to the incredibly rich, to the reforming rare-fish poacher. The aquarium is 16 feet long and 3 feet tall, but (disappointingly) it is just a screen onto which computer generated 3D images of fish and underwater scenery are projected. Supposedly the real kicker is these fish are much better behaved than the real thing, and respond to user interaction; at the demonstration in Osaka, the virtual fish reacted to one viewer's real handclaps. How long until someone writes a virus that generates a virtual shark in the aquarium, or even better, a virtual fisherman?