In the 17th century, telescopes and microscopes extended our range of vision and expanded the world. The camera allowed us to picture our environment as it really is for the first time. Since the 19th century, film cameras have allowed us to observe our own behaviour. Then digital cameras caused an explosion of images, while the smartphone made individual perceptions of the world king. And tomorrow? Our infographic shows four possibilities for future vision:

Swarm view
Two eyes are too few. Soon, we won’t just see from one perspective, but through a whole swarm of cameras in various positions. Imagine a football game in 2030: the players wear jerseys with integrated cameras and contact lenses with a video function. Sony patented these camera contact lenses last year.

Rent my eyes
Seeing the world through someone else’s eyes – what used to be merely a figure of speech may soon be reality. We will be able to observe the world from the perspective of animals and to become part of live transmissions of an eagle’s flight or a cat’s prowlings. The first examples of this have already been on YouTube for more than three years – in some cases attracting several million views:


God’s-eye view
We’ve been able to see the world as a whole, and to view it from every direction, at least since the introduction of Google Earth. Drones such as the Phantom 4 Pro also allow us to feel as though we’re experiencing the Earth from above.

Improved view
Seeing further and more clearly, or seeing things that aren't actually there – virtual reality applications will make these phenomena possible. Pokémon Go is one example; another is the virtual reality of Google Tilt Brush: