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What Is the Future of 3D Holograms?

When it comes to most-demanded technologies, 3D holograms are up there with hover chairs and flying cars in terms of popularity. And the good news is that real progress is being made toward making them a reality. For instance, there are the recently announced Magic Leap One augmented reality goggles to whet appetites. Even more exciting stuff is just around the corner too. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan discusses some of the technology that is coming.

Almost Reality

The holy grail with 3D holograms is to do something that does not require phones or headsets of any kind. One company doing that is Realfiction with its DeepFrame, which is “a 64-inch glass window that you look through to see the real world plus 3D holograms and AR images and text.” Another player is Looking Glass Factory, which is developing the HoloPlayer display. HoloPlayer plugs into computers or can be bought as a computer, and it projects 3D holograms on the other side of a glass sheet. Moving your head around additionally allows you to see different sides of objects. However, its screen resolution is quite weak right now—267×480.

Here is yet another 3D technology being worked on:

Holographic imagery is also headed to a windshield near you. The most recent example was demonstrated at CES by a company called WayRay. Its product, called Navion, is a dashboard-mounted projector that creates the illusion of laying navigation data and turn-by-turn directions on the road itself. The company also rolled out an SDK for developers and announced that a Chinese car company would build the technology into its vehicles. WayRay is also working with Honda to develop future concepts for windshield 3D hologram products.

So basically, lots of exciting developments are in the works. Someday sooner than you might think, you could be telecommuting to a meeting via hologram.

You can view the original article, with illustrations, here: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3249605/virtual-reality/the-future-of-3d-holograms-comes-into-focus.html

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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