Dynamic 3D holograms now refresh every two seconds

By Emil
Nov 8, 2010
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  1. Researchers at the University of Arizona say they are a step closer to 3D real-time images. Their latest holographic prototype, featuring lasers beaming information onto a 10-inch photorefractive polymer screen (17-inch versions are also being tested), can project a near 360-degree image that updates every two seconds. In 2008, the same group demonstrated a black and white 3-D image that could be updated every four minutes, meaning today's system is more than 100 times faster. That's still a long ways away from 30FPS, which is the minimum refr...

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  2. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    Wow, 7-10 years? I was thinking later than that. Anyway, teleconferencing and education are nice everything but what about gaming!? lol
  3. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Was I the only one that noticed, that in such a technologically advanced place they are still using... Windows XP?

    Windows XP FTW.

  4. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    I admit, I was rather disappointed.
  5. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    Wow, very cool stuff. Although I guess we still have a while before it gets anywhere near working condition for consumers.
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I was too, it kind of took the veracity of their research. Like, really? You are using a 10 year old OS with such machines, and advanced technologies, and claiming you are near to real-time 3D images?

    But then I thought, that the fact its still being used is admirable. Windows XP is like an annoying zombie that just won't die. And that, I got to respect.
  7. TwiztidSef

    TwiztidSef TS Rookie Posts: 49

    With all these hyperrealistic 3d animations and such, we should be able to get a pretty cool hologram system set up. Using a 3d engine may even speed up what they have now. From what it looks like, they are stitching together many photos based off name. I am betting that there is quite a bit of overhead in the computer programs stitching process.
  8. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    No one has made a shotgun with a wide enough bore to take it out. =p
  9. speeedy6

    speeedy6 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I'm gonna sit out the current 3D stuff and wait for this...
  10. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    What 3d stuff? It's just smoke.
  11. Se7enVII

    Se7enVII TS Rookie Posts: 49

    Looks awesome. Can't wait to see this technology become mainstream in people's homes. 7-10 years isn't too far off. I'll be in my late 20s/early 30s!
  12. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    Wow.. its really amazing.
  13. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    Really really amazin, when I first saw The AVATAR movie though that was far away say like 20-40 years but here we are just 7-10 years to see that. cientistare really doing their homework.
  14. Elitassj4

    Elitassj4 TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Can you imagine PR0N on this ?!?!?! lowl ....can't wait to see this technology fully developed.
  15. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    Seriously, 7 to 10 years and this will be mainstream? I can only assume that the first itteration will be some sort of gaming console. An entrance to the living room, kind of like how the blueray got its start through the PS3.
  16. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    The Star Wars reference was a very good point, this is very very cool. Sounds like give it 20 years when I may have a 15 yr old son, he could have a 3D monitor! I bet the way we interact with computers is going to dramatically increase in physical exercise and space.
  17. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 811   +26

    I don't see it mainstream in 7-10 years. I think it will be VERY expensive and used only by businesses and schools at first. It will then be improved and there will be cheaper alternatives for us regular consumers. Just think about the power these machines will average consumer will be able to afford it. I see it like Microsoft's table computers...only more successfull because where's the last place you've seen one of those? lol
  18. fadownjoo

    fadownjoo TS Rookie Posts: 50

    lol windows much difference is it besides win 7 anyway?? maybe dx 11 is biggest one
  19. Johnny Utah

    Johnny Utah TS Rookie Posts: 18

    The above poster obviously doesn't know much about operating systems or direct x.
  20. dlen

    dlen TS Rookie Posts: 32

    This is a good news. I't could be used in games and typical laptops e.g. for 3D desktops.
  21. DSparil

    DSparil TS Rookie Posts: 35

    If they make a "touch-able" hologram then I will be impressed.

    Just imagine the possibilities...

    Yeah. I know what you're thinking.
  22. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    I know what you are thinking Dsparil...

    High fiving Holograms!
  23. Demons

    Demons TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Every 2 seconds eh? Well I guess that's an improvement but like the article says, we are still a long way off from real time video. Very cool technology though. There seems to be a really big 3d push these days. I really don't think 3d will go mainstream till they can loose the glasses.
  24. raventrickster

    raventrickster TS Rookie Posts: 23

    It's impressive tech, but from the looks of it they haven't gotten all the way to a full 3d hologram yet, but rather *just* a rewritable 2d hologram. That said they've come a long way and I'm looking forward to seeing more developments in the field of practical holographics.
  25. Colonel Lance

    Colonel Lance TS Rookie Posts: 46

    The future is coming! I find it amazing what people are capable of doing when they work hard. I bet if you went back 30 years and asked someone if they thought this would ever be possible they would have said no.

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