New Laser Projector Makes 3D Images That Hang In Mid-Air

Maybe the solution to touchscreen displays that don't get washed out in direct sunlight is to skip the screen altogether. Researchers at Aerial Burton are working to perfect a new kind of display technology that uses lasers to produce 3D pixelated images that appear to hang in mid-air and are still visible no matter… » 10/29/14 8:56am 10/29/14 8:56am

Every Gestural Interface Should Be This Responsive and Snappy

Working alongside a company called zSpace, makers of interactive holographic displays, researchers at the Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory in Japan have built a high-speed gesture recognition system that instantly responds to hand and finger movements. Which in turn enhances the immersiveness of these interactive displays. » 5/22/14 10:40am 5/22/14 10:40am

Swiss wizards can now create holograms using just chocolate

This is really amazing and beautiful: Chocolate etched with rainbow holograms using a technique that doesn't use additives of any kind, but rather carves specific microstructures into the chocolate's surface that defract light—much the same way that the security holograms on credit cards work. » 5/14/14 9:36pm 5/14/14 9:36pm

Make a DIY 3D "Hologram" Like the One That Brought Tupac Back to Life

Holograms are super cool, but they're hard to make at home. Pepper's Ghost, on the other hand, is a relatively simple 19th century optical trick that looks like a 3D hologram and brought a very dead Tupac Shakur back to the stage. And Joey Shanks is here to show us how to rig up a system to bring Pepper's (or Tupac's)… » 5/10/14 1:00pm 5/10/14 1:00pm

Laser Holograms as Thin as a Hair Could Be the Future of High-Res

Holograms are cool enough on their own, but amazing things happen when you make them incredibly small. A team of Army-funded scientists from Purdue did just that with the development of tiny holograms—smaller than the width of a human hair!—made by shining lasers through a metasurface. This could change display… » 11/15/13 5:40pm 11/15/13 5:40pm

The Art of the Hologram Is Alive in This Underground Laboratory

Holograms occupy a strange place in our visual culture. Encountering a genuinely innovative holographic image can elicit wonder and joy, yet the technology has struggled to transcend election night gimmicks and Tupac exploitation. But for those who run the Holographic Studios in NYC, creating 3D images remains an… » 9/13/13 2:00pm 9/13/13 2:00pm

Oh Man, Life-Size Holograms Could Be Coming to Your Living Room

Holograms have always been a quick, easy way for movies to tell us they're taking place in the future. As soon as you see someone talking with a human-sized hologram, you realize there's no way you'll ever be able to do that, and a part of you dies. Now, a company on Kickstarter promises to bring you the holographic… » 7/26/13 2:40pm 7/26/13 2:40pm

Holographic TVs Are Getting Closer To Reality

New methods for producing color holographic video are here, and they could lead to cheaper, higher res and more energy efficient TVs. Daniel Smalley, a researcher at MIT, built a holographic display with about the same resolution as a standard-definition TV, which is able to depict motion because it updates its image… » 6/30/13 6:00pm 6/30/13 6:00pm

You Can Now Get a 3D Hologram Of Your Unborn Baby's Smile

Instead of surprising your parents about your pregnancy by slipping them a 2D ultrasound, you can completely blow their minds with a 3D hologram courtesy of Pioneer's new printing service. It does mean you'll have to head to Japan for your ultrasound, and hide the good news from your family for about seven months,… » 5/08/13 9:01am 5/08/13 9:01am

Here's the One Thing I Want to See at Apple's iPhone 5 Event (Spoiler:…

Too bad Digital Domain, the company who made the Tupac hologram, is going bankrupt because seeing a Steve Jobs hologram at tomorrow's iPhone 5 event would be the best One More Thing... ever. Seriously, just watch this humorous video to see what a rapping Steve Jobs hologram would look like. » 9/11/12 8:30pm 9/11/12 8:30pm