Spain’s imminent Citizen Safety Law isn’t exactly protester-friendly — you can face stiff fines just for daring to disobey police peacefully, let alone holding a protest without telling the government. The activists of Hologramas por la Libertad have found a clever workaround for that, however.
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Microsoft is building support for holographic displays into Windows 10, so it only makes sense that the company would make one of those displays, wouldn’t it? Meet HoloLens, an official headset with see-through lenses that merges digital content with the physical.
For decades, holograms have been seen largely on the screen, in sci-fi movies and TV shows like “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.”
Hollywood makes this type of technology look easy, but in the real world, holographic technology has usually resulted in relatively primitive designs. We have experimented with a variety of different methods—some successful and some not so successful.
Science fiction writers are going to have to get much more imaginative now that technological advancements and scientific progress are making what was once only sci-fi an actual reality. This time, it has to do with 3D display technology.
A mobile phone used to be a simple device for texting and calling. Then it became a smartphone boasting of Internet and camera functionalities. Now, the smartphone can be converted into a microscope through an attachable lens that can help magnify the object. One might wonder what the future would be like with a smartphone capable of projecting 3D holograms floating into thin air.
Last week in Afghanistan’s Hazarajat region, two massive Buddha holograms filled in the space left behind by the Bamiyan Buddhas, a pair of 1,500-year-old statues that the Taliban destroyed with explosives in 2001. Beamed from a $120,000 projector setup designed by Chinese documentarians Janson Yu and Liyan Hu, the holograms were displayed for over 150 onlookers, including LA Times reporter Ali Latifi, who snapped this picture of what might biggest digital ressurection since Tupac.
Past and future go on a blind date in new media artist Chris Summers‘ Hand-Cranked Hologram, a sculpture which channels Victrola and “Peeping-Tom” machines with a Princess Leia twist. The setup is simple, but effective: crank the handle to activate a vertically-facing screen, which projects a blue semi-nude within four panes of glass.
They were on the killer binders the cool kids carried to middle school, and they make appearances on government-issued IDs. The very idea of their existence has captured sci-fi writers’ imaginations for decades. Holographic images—occasionally misunderstood, often used for projects both mundane and complex—utilize basic tricks of light and photographic impression that have been in wide use since the 1960s.
This tablet attachment has the power to transform your ordinary iPad into a holographic projector. Using a clear “synthetic” mirror hinged at an angle, the Holocube HC Tablet reflects the media from the iPad, creating the illusion that it’s floating in thin air. The Belgium-based Holocube team and lead designer Joris Vanbriel have also created aprojection-in-a-box platform that uses the same technology as the tablet.
Hueck Folien has developed an innovative approach to the design and content of holograms for tax stamps, which have come a long way since their introduction (on Romania’s stamps) in 1995. In this article Florian Haider, Regional Sales Manager, Asia at Hueck Folien, describes this approach, based on his presentation at the Tax Stamp Forum™ last September.
Holographic Optical Technologies Inc (HOTI), of Atlanta, Georgia, has been established this year to further commercialise the Voxgram holograms first developed by Voxel for medical imaging and also bring them to a wider, consumer audience.
A big part of Microsoft’s pitch for HoloLens, a headset with glasses designed to project interactive 3-D holograms, is that developers will easily be able to make any Windows program compatible. That would ensure plenty of software available for HoloLens at launch.
Patrick Flynn, an experienced British holographer, established RVH Technology in 2013 with his son Anthony to develop volume hologram optical elements. They are keeping the company focused on R&D, mastering activities and as consultants in the industry. RVH are currently working on the HIDO EU-funded development project with two other European partners.
Without a doubt, the biggest surprise from today’s Windows 10 keynote at Microsoft’s Redmond campus was the outfit unveiling its HoloLens headset. Dubbed as the “first fully untethered, holographic computer” the device and its capabilities looked pretty neat– if a little fantastical — onstage when Alex Kipman showed it off.
There’s something inexplicably tranquil about gazing at fish in an aquarium as they swim back and forth, darting about rocks or that tacky plastic treasure chest sitting in the corner. But what if you could have one on your desk, without all the water changes, filter cleaning and general maintenance?
If you’ve ever thought that the apps and videos on your phone were flat and lifeless, H+ might have an answer. It’s crowdfunding the Holus, a tabletop display that turns 2D content from phones and PCs into 3-D holograms that you can see from any direction.