Hologram technology has come a long way since Princess Leia delivered a hologram message to Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Within the past few years, holograms have gone from a science fiction fantasy to a tangible technology. From tabletop holograms to a "smart" artificially intelligent (AI) hologram, the field is booming.
Looking Glass, a self-described "team of inventors, engineers, game devs, and out-of-work comedians chasing the dream of the hologram," have unveiled the Holoplayer One, the world's first-ever interactive lightfield display.
The Holoplayer One looks almost like a laptop: it's a compact device that allows you to both create and interact with a 3-dimensional display. It requires no specialized glasses or hardware aside from the device itself.
Creating in 3D
Other lightfield displays have recently hit the mainstream, and its immediate applications are easy to see — especially within the visual arts field. From graphic design to animation, the ability to physically manipulate a 3-dimensional display could revolutionize how we create and expand technical capabilities in a creative sense.
But beyond art, interactive holograms could prove to play a major role in other fields as well. In the medical sector, physicians could potentially use this type of technology with advanced imaging, giving them a better and more comprehensive view of the human body.
While lightfield displays are certainly not brand new, the ability to interact with a hologram truly changes the potential of this emerging technological field.