SpaceTime has released a new 3D browser that is definitely innovative, but I don’t see it being all that useful. It boasts the 3D search, 3D eBay searching, and 3D tabbed browsing which is something your friends would definitely be impressed with, but that doesn’t mean it is very usable.
It basically creates 3D stacks of either websites or images, and displays them in a fashion similar to a cascading effect. When you do a Google search, for example, it pulls up the website for each of the first 10 results for you to shuffle through. Sounds cool, right? And don’t get me wrong, it is very cool, except for the 10 to 20 seconds where you can’t use SpaceTime because it is retrieving and rendering the sites.
You can also search eBay items or images on the Web (Yahoo! images or Flickr) which is very well done. This is more usable than the Google searching because it pulls in the actual images and displays only those, instead of pulling in the entire website.
At anytime you can put a site or image into 2D mode for more sensible browsing by double-clicking on it. Then you can always get back into the 3D mode by clicking the "Go Back" button in the upper-right corner.
So who would use something like this? For the general consumer use I think it is far from practical, but I could see something like this popping up on kiosks in stores. Just think about it, you can shop by images, and then if you see something you like you just double-click on it and it will bring up the product page. It definitely has a niche market, but I’m confident that a typical person browsing the Web would not want to use this on a regular basis.
So what’s it like? Well, it’s not exactly something that can be explained using a bunch of screenshots, so I put together a video demonstration that shows what it’s like to browse the Web with SpaceTime:
Oh, and did I mention system resources? You need to have at least 512MB of memory, 128MB video card, and a 2.4GHz processor just to run this!
Source: Download Squad