I am a big fan of I-Max domes. So much so that I had written to them a number of times for coming up with a Home Dome.
Recent development in Germany about a panoramic camera rejuvenated my hopes about such an invention.
It is simple – just shoot things in I-Max format and broadcast/multicast over a medium. On the client side, there will be a Home Dome of about 7 feet diameter with chairs inside the screen (instead of a big home-theater screen in front of chairs). The Home Dome may hang above from the roof like a chandelier when not in use.
Just imagine watching World Cup Soccer finals, Olympics, National Geographic or war scenes on CNN!
(I am sure more creative brains can imagine more applications ;-))
And as a programmer, I don’t know how many times I miss immersion in a day!