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.
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.