Tomorrow's Internet - holographic get-togethers and more

April 20 2008 / by futuretalk / In association with Future
Category: Communication   Year: General   Rating: 12 Hot

By Dick Pelletier

A new higher-speed Internet2, now under development in labs around the world, will one day offer holographic images indiscernible from reality, providing an array of applications that we can only dream of today.

With digital video resolution four times finer than today’s HDTV, and haptic technologies that provide a realistic sense of touch, researchers can create holograph images of people filmed thousands of miles away enabling lifelike virtual interaction indiscernible from reality. The system uses cameras that capture live images of people from two or more places, merges the data, and feeds it back to all locations.

We could organize a meeting with friends or relatives from cities scattered around the world without anyone actually traveling. People will kiss, hug and reminisce as if they were in the same room. And our senses will convince us that they are there. We could even meet with a simulation of a favorite celebrity. (cont.)

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Expect Interactive Photo/Holographic Displays Soon

April 28 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 7 Hot

Ever since I saw the holographic interfaces used by characters in the first Star Wars movie I’ve been waiting for the real deal. A new interactive projection display created by a young interface company called LM3LABS demonstrates that such displays aren’t all that far off.

Take a look at their compelling AirStrike floating picture display:

Interactive Real Size Hologram from Nicolas Loeillot on Vimeo

While this isn’t technically a hologram and is still a crude prototype, it is a step toward interactive 3D imagery the masses can relate to. Clearly systems such as the Airstrike have a great deal of advertising, gaming and educational potential, indicating that the race is on to make hay of these products.

As compelling software and games are developed for such systems, I bet we’ll see them emerge as the successors to, or augmenters of, increasingly popular display technologies such as Reactrix (shout out to Matt Bell) that are already invading shopping malls and cities all over the U.S.