The Future of 3D Holograms

Technology is unstoppably moving forward. Every day, we are witnessing the incredible milestones in the field of AI, virtual, and augmented reality. Sometimes everything seems like science fiction, but it’s not. It is part of our present. 

Take the holographic technology as an example. It is a technique that registers the light scattered from an object and displays it as three-dimensional. With such a technique, we can have completely different kinds of screens, TVs or smartphones very soon.

Are Holograms Real?

People have been using holograms in their everyday lives for some time now — on credit cards, licenses, and merchandise. So-called transmission and rainbow holograms have security purposes as they simply change colors and shapes when you move. But we want to talk about the real tech revolution, like holograms that pop out from our smartphones. Are we even close to something like that?

What is Holographic Technology?

Before we can see the future, we must understand the past. Holographic technology began to develop as early as 1962 by Soviet scientist Yuri Denisyuk, and Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks from the University of Michigan. Working on innovative laser projects, they captured objects in 3D. These shots were not of high quality because they were taken on silver halide photographic emulsions. Since then, technology has advanced significantly. And yes, it is possible to expect the AR revolution.

Today, we have some large-scale holograms. These are two-dimensional images that, with the help of laser illumination or precisely positioned light in a dark room, give a three-dimensional view of the subject.

The 3D hologram belongs to “augmented reality.” It’s an image that floats in real space and is a representation of an object that can be seen but isn’t really there. Moreover, you don’t need 3D glasses to see it clearly.

Can We Outline the Boundaries of 3D Innovation?

Just imagine how many options it brings. Medicine, art, architecture — those are just some of the fields that can drastically improve. Think about human anatomy and telemedicine,  graphics, and maps that can become live and interact with users. But most of all, Augmented Reality is the future of communication. Soon, human communication that does not imply physical presence will no longer exist merely as an image or a sound. The speaker, thousands of miles away, will be able to talk in front of others just as if they are physically present.

And the last question — can we touch a hologram? It sounds even more surprising, but Digital Nature Group scientists from Japan are working hard to create physical interaction, using smart programming, lasers, lenses, and mirrors. If they succeed, we will be able to touch and feel virtual things. You can be miles away and still hug your loving person every day. How revolutionary is that?