There remain a handful of technologies that we all wish would just go mainstream already. Jetpacks, for example. Teleportation. And 3-D project holograms -- the Princess Leia kind. Heck, we'd even settle for the low-res, two-tone version we saw in the movie.
Good news, Obi-Wan. Researchers are working on 3-D holographic projectors, and this past year, we saw more progress than you can shake a lightsaber at. Here's a round-up from 2014.
One of the most amazing pieces of news came from scientists at Carlsbad, Calif.,-based Ostendo Technologies. They developed a Tic-Tac-sized hologram projector chip small enough to fit inside a smartphone. The image processor has tiny light-emitting diodes (LEDs) able to control the color, brightness and angle of more than a million individual beams of light.
And we won't have to settle for low-res either. The
Ostendo Quantum Photonic Imager
produces video at 5,000 dots per inch. The company thinks they could have the 3-D holographic video in a smartphone by the
end of 2015