Display your 3D digital art or animations just like a Star Wars hologram


Moving holographic displays like those featured in Star Wars could soon be available to watch on a PC or laptop.

Scientists have overcome a large technological hurdle to produce low-cost but high quality holographic videos a reality.

Until now, the video hologram has largely been confined to the realm of science fiction, the most famous example being the pleading image of Princess Leia “Help me Obi-Wan…” in the first Star Wars film.

Current technologies that project moving holographic images are expensive and do suffer limitations.

The main problem is with components named spatial light modulators, which work on directing light to form points in three dimensional space.

The current technology has restrictions with the display size, viewing angle, frame rate and the depth of image.

But engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new sort of spatial light modulator that now gets rid of most of these problems.

There are estimates that a holographic monitor using the new discoveries could be created for less than $500 (but this excludes the light sources).

The new technology allows a display to go up to half a metre in width and to have a refresh rate at 30Hz.

So can you imagine creating your 3D digital artwork and posting it on a forum to be admired from all angles by your contemporaries?  What advantages or disadvantages could this bring to 3D digital artists? Let us know what you think by commenting on this post below.


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One Response to Display your 3D digital art or animations just like a Star Wars hologram

  1. jaydee_007 June 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    The biggest problem comes in the requirement to include 360 degrees of background.
    often my scenes are set up with only the area in the Frame setup and populated (similar to a sound stage) so if the camera angle were to change, the image would suddenly look like it were in an open warehouse.

    That kind of change in thinking would be the first hurdle to overcome.

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