It's a kind of validation when our past visions of the future and the present collide, reminding us that things we thought were possible back then actually were within reach. Take, for example, Tokyo-based Burton's Aerial 3D technology. The company claims it's the first 3-D tech that casts three-dimensional objects in mid-air without using any kind of screen. It recalls that scene in Star Wars where the crustacean-faced guy is planning the rebel battleplan around his big holographic table. And it's here today.
Rather than using a screen to generate the illusion of three dimensions, Aerial 3D is a laser system that uses beams of light projected from below to generate plasma excitation in atoms of oxygen and nitrogen in the air. It currently can create 50,000 points of light per second, giving it a somewhat choppy frame rate of 10-15 fps. Burton is working to improve that to 24-30 fps, comparable to that of basic video.
The result of all of this is a floating, 3-D image that can be viewed naturally in 360 degrees. It's not quite the Death Star wrecking tech of our sci-fi visions just yet, but if the video below is any indication it's well on its way.
One step closer of getting the Jaws hologram of back to the future.
Well it's official, we're moving to magic sky houses a la The Jetsons. Really hope this can take off, as this would be one of the things that could be an improvement in every field there is.
Don't act like you didn't know the "big crustacean guy" is named Admiral Ackbar...
Awesome! Their demonstration would have been better had they put it into a circular container.
Now then, when can we get those for the consumers? 10-15 FPS is fine for things like a 3-D photo, since the frame isn't actually changing. Though I want to know the power usage of something like that.
id be really impressed if it was in multiple colors
As far as I know, different types of gasses produce the colors, so you can only use the colors of the gasses you have available to you (like Auroras, they are they same colors at the same heights every time because thats where those gasses are). In our atmosphere, they'd only be able to work with oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. What the coordinating colors for the gasses are when they get excited, I don't know.
I'm not sure any of you watched the video all the way to the end.
To answer your questions, they're working on increasing the frame rate to 25 to 30 fps, and they could have a full color display by using three lasers
Using a pixel type design of 3 color lasers focusing in different levels of energy you could create in theory a range of colors, but this is just brilliant I loved the shark
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This would be so awesome if they got it to 25-30 frames per second and it didn't show the lasers underneath the image and there were a wide range of colors.
This is cool, but check out the heliodisplay. It's not 3d but it is a mid-air projection. High frame rate, full color spectrum, interactive like a touch screen and commercially available ($48k-$68k). Much more impressive. Expensive, yes, but at least it can be purchased, right? :-)
Actually something like this wouldn't be cool. Regular t.v. would be way cooler to watch. I'd rather watch t.v. on a regular screen any day.
In 15 years this tech will be where LCD tv's were when they first came out. Available, high definition (relatively speaking), but expensive as heck. Maybe 20 years it'll be in every home and attached to every computer.
you forgot to put "Video:" in the title
I agree with indio07. I'd rather watch t.v. on a regular television.
Vizoo has already had a 3D Hologram for awhile now. Although it doesn't use plasma (that I know of) its much more clear and color full. http://www.vizoo.com/
Very cool, my first thought is to have these built into 3D printers and have them display an object before you print it...(patent pending haha). Obviously both technologies are still in their infancy though. You could also connect these up to a kindle like sensor and spin the objects around with your hand...can't wait to see how this technology progresses.
To those saying they'd rather watch a "regular" tv. What if it had 2 modes, 3d and 2d, and the 2d mode is just as clear and colorful as a state-of-the-art flat screen.
just like in iron man
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I believe the sci-fi movie the author is referring to is "The Last Starfighter" (1984)
All I can say is... AWESOME!!!
Take it a step further, an infrared sensor attached to it allowing 3D manipulation of data, an easy interface system. simple hand gestures to replace a cumbersome mouse.
very nice early prototype, i was actually thinking rather cool. I like it, hope they stick with it and hope other companies do the same..20 years down the road ..just think where they'd be.
Call batman and robbin, the jokers on the loose again. Where is the mind control console and helmit kept i wonder.
Very cool.. a lot of possibilities for the future.
anyone remember the game the ice king plays in adventure time? I think it was the episode "what is life?". This reminds me of that
Very cool, cutting edge technology! Also a reminder of the opening scene of the sci-fi movie "Paycheck" (2003).