As virtual reality makes strides in the tech world, the next big thing is tipped to be a visual technology that can capture and show what people see in 360 degrees.

"It's like in the 1920s with Hollywood and film: There was just the brand new beginning of something new," Thomas Small, Google Inc.'s manager of technology programs for YouTube Spaces, told The Japan Times on a recent visit to Tokyo.

"At first, people don't even know what this is going to turn into, and this is where we are now with virtual reality and 360-degree (videos and movies)."