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

Light Waves and Lasers: A Short Narrated History of Holography

Last week we brought you inside the kooky but wonderful Holographic Studios in New York City. While we were there, we learned a whole lot about the history of hologram technology. It's a sprawling story with many facets—and also lasers. » 9/16/13 4:44pm 9/16/13 4:44pm

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

Skype Says It Can Support Holographic Video Calls

For decades, we've been waiting for oh-so-futuristic hologram technology to make the leap from Star Wars movies to our living rooms, and it hasn't. It sounds like it's right around the corner, though, after Skype announced that it had developed 3D video chat technology in the lab. » 8/29/13 12:03pm 8/29/13 12:03pm

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, but … » 5/08/13 9:01am 5/08/13 9:01am

Leap Motion + Hologram = The Future of Awesomeness

Whether you like gesture control or not, Leap Motion's fine-grain floating-finger input looks like pure future. And it only gets better when you're controlling a pseudo-hologram with it. And that's exactly what Robbie Tilton did with his Tony Stark-worthy setup. » 3/07/13 12:57pm 3/07/13 12:57pm

Holograms of Dead Famous People: Yay or Nay?

Tupac performed as a hologram alongside Snoop Dogg Lion at Coachella. The Republican party has created a Reagan hologram. And now TLC wants to resurrect the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in hologram form for a reunion tour. » 11/05/12 2:40pm 11/05/12 2:40pm

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

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

The Republican Party Has a Reagan Hologram But Is Scared It Would…

After decades of yearning, the GOP has successfully completed one of its dreams: reanimating the spirit of famed American actor Ronald Reagan. The hologram weapon is ready. And it was supposed to appear tonight—then it terrified its makers. » 8/30/12 5:32pm 8/30/12 5:32pm

The Invention of Morel: This Story Puts Hologram Tupac to Shame

Often, I have dreams in which people close to me who have died are brought back to life—sometimes fully living, sometimes as what my dream-self understands to be a hologram. This is probably pretty common, and I usually think nothing of it, but this morning I woke after one such dream and thought instantly of a book… » 6/28/12 9:40pm 6/28/12 9:40pm

Hologram Marilyn Monroe Hits a Legal Snag

The Hollywood Reporter has obtained months of correspondence between Digicon Media, who holds a copyright on "Virtual Marilyn" and plans to project her singing and dancing alongside a live ensemble of music stars, and the estate of the deceased blonde bombshell, which plans to take legal action should such a production… » 6/12/12 1:00am 6/12/12 1:00am

Usher Will Be Joined By Hologram Backup Dancers in Upcoming Concert

One hologram performance is enough for the year, and we're already put that behind us with Tupac's Coachella reincarnation. Now Usher is jumping on the virtual performance bandwagon—he'll be appearing with digital backup dancers in a concert next month in London. » 5/31/12 6:20pm 5/31/12 6:20pm

This Flirtatious NYC Airport Avatar Was Definitely Designed by a Dude

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has installed in Newark Liberty, JFK, and LaGuardia airports an interactive avatar projected onto a plexiglass silhouette of a woman's body. Lost and disoriented travelers can ask her for help with things like getting to the correct gate, security checkpoint rules, and… » 5/23/12 12:20am 5/23/12 12:20am

3D Projector Would Beam Long-Distance Pals Right Into Your Own Living…

A group of developers from the Human Media Lab at Queen's University, in Canada, has developed a cylindrical display system—called the "TeleHuman"—that is capable of projecting within itself a person's full 3-dimensional figure. Circle the TeleHuman, and you will see your long-distance lover (or perhaps just your best… » 5/02/12 9:20pm 5/02/12 9:20pm