Microsoft HoloLens Hands-On: Incredible, Amazing, Prototype-y as Hell

I just put Microsoft's new holographic glasses on my face. It's one of the most amazing and tantalizing experiences I've ever had with a piece of technology. » 1/21/15 5:45pm 1/21/15 5:45pm

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

Watch a Japanese Pop Star Hologram Performance on Letterman

Last night, David Letterman's musical guest was an enormously popular Japanese pop star who has opened for Lady Gaga and racked up an estimated 88 million views on YouTube. She performed her song "Sharing the World." She is also not human. » 10/09/14 9:53am 10/09/14 9:53am

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

MIT Is Building an Affordable Hologram-at-Home System

Sure, watching Michael Jackson strut his stuff once more is cool, but currently holograms are the preserve of the rich and richer. Fortunately, though, a team at MIT is trying to build a glasses-free 3D projection system that should be affordable enough to use at home. » 5/19/14 8:44am 5/19/14 8:44am

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 12:47pm 5/14/14 12:47pm

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

Watch a Japanese Pianist Battle a Holographic Version of Himself

Not since Donald Duck faced off against Daffy Duck in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has there been such an epic piano battle as Japanese pianist Yoshiki squaring off against a holographic version of himself. » 3/21/14 12:40pm 3/21/14 12:40pm

Now World Leaders Are Giving Speeches Via Hologram

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan couldn't make it to the city of Izmir last Sunday to give a speech, he wasn't too bothered—because he decided he'd give it by hologram instead. » 1/28/14 6:30am 1/28/14 6:30am

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

Elon Musk Wants to Build the Iron Man Hologram UI For Real

The hologram interfaces Tony Stark uses in Iron Man are awesome, no doubt. But they also aren't real. Yet. Elon Musk has been cooking up something very Stark-y, and he's planning to show it off soon. » 8/24/13 8:34pm 8/24/13 8:34pm

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

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:…

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