Will 2015 Be the Year We Finally See Holograms?

December 31, 2014

6:30 pm

Since they first appeared in science fiction decades ago, engineers have long played with the idea of holograms. The technology required has only been theoretical up until recently. Now, some of the last barriers to functional holograms are finally being overcome. New types of displays, methods of capturing transmitting 3D data, and increased Internet speeds have all contributed to research teams across the globe making big developments in the field of holograms.

There are many competing designs, but no one has yet brought anything to market. The latest mind-blowing prototype comes from Bristol University and utilizes ultrasound technology to create a holographic object (in this case, a sphere) with haptic feedback the user can actually feel and manipulate.

Other recent prototypes have included holographic displays for mobile and 3D levitation via acoustic waves. An infographic from WhichVoIP shows several of these technologies (many of which seem to be inspired by Star Wars).

While widespread adoption and application of the technology is still some years off, we may be getting an early glimpse of holograms as consumer products by year’s end. Initial prices could be in the high end, but as recent tech trends have thought us, it might only be a year or two before holograms are commonplace in displays and devices, increasing interactivity and entertainment. Two dimensional viewing may soon become obsolete.

 

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Utkarsh Sahu writes for various tech mags and admires technology with paradigm-shifting attributes. Digital marketing, social media and content sum up his current beat. An analytics enthusiast, he likes to break down the key variables that work towards making successful digital marketing campaign. Adventure travel and sports are his idea of a perfect vacation. He loves social media, and can be reached via Twitter / Instagram as UtkSahu / Utkarshsj

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