From Princess Leia's evocation and "Star Trek's" Holo-Deck, to Marty McFly ducking holographic sharks in Back To The Future II and the resurrection of Tupac Shakur, holograms are never far from the zeitgeist of pop culture.
However, Provision - a leader in the commercialization of 3-D holographic displays - wants to take the fiction out of science fiction and up the ante with HoloVision, a display touting life-sized holograms.
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"Imagine a human-sized, floating hologram projected from a 3-D display," claims Provision. "The hologram requires no special glasses, no virtual reality goggles and literally hovers in air standing next to you!"
Provision says they have the technology to deliver a hardware platform capable of demonstrating a six-foot tall hologram, albeit from a projector seven feet from the screen. To make it happen, the company is soliciting funds via Kickstarter, where developers write:
We'll be developing an increased optical system and a new proprietary light source to support a human-sized hologram. And, if we exceed our goals on this project, we can begin phase 2, which will be the miniaturization of the hardware platform (perhaps with a projector the size of a toaster), and begin the market development for home game consoles. The first application for our life-size holographic display will be for video games, where players will be able to actually "see" a floating digital holographic image, and be able to "touch" and interact with the hologram using Provision's proprietary gesture recognition platform.