Although the image is a little fuzzy, the fastest 3-D holographic video yet brings the future one step closer.
A team from MIT used a Kinect camera from an Xbox 360 gaming console to create the fastest-ever 3-D holographic video.
The video showed a a student dressed as Princess Leia as a postcard-sized hologram in real time.
The holographic device plays at 15 frames per second, just shy of movie refresh rates of 24 to 30 frames per second.
The Force is strong with holographic scientists these days. Researchers from MIT unveiled the fastest 3-D holographic video to date at a conference in San Francisco January 23, filming a graduate student dressed as Princess Leia and projecting her as a postcard-sized hologram in real time.
The holographic device plays a 3-inch projection at 15 frames per second, just shy of movie refresh rates of 24 to 30 frames per second, the MIT researchers demonstrated at the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers' conference on practical holography.
The red hologram is jerkier and has much lower resolution than the one in Star Wars that sparked the public fascination with 3-D holograms in the 1970s. In fact, it kind of looks like a red blob on a staticky TV. But it's 30 times faster than a telepresence device created in 2010 by University of Arizona researchers (SN Online: 12/4/10).