We always love going through our childhood photographs. But, imagine how would it
feel if you could go back to the time when you played with your childhood friends, tried secret
experiments in your backyard, got pampered by your relatives, and enjoyed playing with your
favorite toys? Feels great, doesn't it? It is this great feeling which makes me dream of this idea
"The Live Album".
The Live Album is an idea of creating a life-like environment using virtual reality and
cutting edge graphics which would make the user feel as if he has gone back in time, and as if
his childhood world has come back to life. It's a means of revisiting those good times, but, in a
slightly different style. Think of it like this: If you are walking along a straight path wearing all
the necessary VR equipment; and the virtual reality environment is programmed to display the
corridor of your childhood residence; it might feel as if you are actually walking through the
corridor leading to the play-area in your premises. Or, even better, the VR environment could
be programmed to display the pathway leading to your kindergarten school. Wouldn't it be
great to "Re-live the moment"?
Now, talking about developing such life-like environments; I feel it's possible to build a
virtual world with the help of the person's childhood footages or homemade videos. With
advanced computer graphics it is now possible to create realistic objects and human faces, so
much so that it would be almost impossible to distinguish a 3D simulation from its real
counterpart. Also, latest advancements in interactive technology offer an extremely real
experience while interacting with the objects of the virtual world. In fact, such developments
make the idea of "Live Album" seem more tangible. So, wouldn't it be nice to see yourself play
hide-n-seek with your mommy again? Or perhaps you would still like to flip over those bulky
Further, the concept of the Live Album can be extended to recreate a personality of the
past, or portray a vision of the future. For example, we could bring Michael Jackson back to life
and watch him perform live on stage. With waving hands, roaring crowd and MJ's jazzy moves,
this performance would be no less than a live in concert. On similar lines, we could also enjoy a
space mission to mars or experience travelling at the speed of light. Thanks to virtual reality.
The concept of the Live Album can be applied to a number of other areas like bringing the
characters in a museum back to life, online teaching in a virtual classroom, etc.
Thus, the Live Album isn't just an idea confined to a limited domain. It is a potential
technology which could be developed to have myriad applications in education, entertainment
and what not. Who says time travel isn't possible?
- A concept by Adarshkumar Pavani
FEELING LIKE GOD!
Upon my arrival to the station,
I was in dire need of relaxation.
Being tired after a long day,
"Gimme a breath!" I did pray.
On the empty bridge was I sitting,
And once for all I started thinking.
A sudden cool breeze touched my heart,
And the cloudy sun was the greatest part.
Calm was the scene with the leaves just rustling,
With a sudden blow it soon started pouring.
Amazed was I when my cheeks were wetted,
Drops of water into droplets were splitted.
The atmosphere had made a wonderful show,
Forgoing my worries I began to grow.
Great was the feeling which I never got,
Think that's what is called "FEELING LIKE GOD!"
THE UNGENEROUS ME!
I left in the midst of the class that day,
When I was not feeling well.
The sun shone bright and dry was the hay.
Worse was my situation which I can't spell.
Upon my arrival to the station,
I saw the train so full, so crushed.
I hoped for a seat with such a bad condition;
But the uncourteous crowd gave me a push.
Throughout the journey I was standing,
With tired legs in the crowded bogie.
I can't explain how bad was I feeling.
And then the train stopped with a noise too creaky.
Soon I arrived at the railway canteen and ordered a drink,
I got the drink and also some change,
Just then a poor boy came there begging;
I offered a rupee to the boy from my change.
The unseen eyes that begged at the shop,
The shopkeeper drew him away without mercy.
Seeing his condition even worse, my body gave me a pop;
I felt better when I had on him some pity.
Let the shopkeeper go to hell,
But what about the ungenerous me?
Though I had my wallet filled so well.
Still today I think why didn't I offer him more than a