«In my day, we didn’t have virtual reality. If a one-eyed razorback barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax, you just had to hope you could outrun him.»
Sarah M. Wolford, Hanover
Just a strange idea — and not sure, whether this already exists (probably) — but given that virtual reality becomes more frequent, would it be possible to use Internet-connected cameras with a 360° turn-ability (right-left, at least 180° up-down) and a telescope staff/pole (also controlled via the Internet) to just jump to different places on earth?
The poles would be placed in interesting locations and would be automatically set to the right hight, so your eyes are at the right level. You turn the head, and the camera rotates as well (to a similar degree). Not only left and right but also up and down. Two microphones would give the auditory information. You could also use audio transmission to talk to the people there. Other sensory information would be difficult, but possible with future VR devices. E.g., heat or cool the device somewhat to simulate the sun or different climate conditions.
There already are “magic windows” which use similar methods, or hell, even the old QuickTime like 360° “virtual reality” tours, and there are lots and lots of webcams, but this combination of “jump to a place” and look around with a camera that acts like your head at the current moment in time?
Might be something.