Emerging 3D technologies

Have you ever watched a movie with holograms and thought it would be really cool to actually have one? Well, your day may not be too far off and, even if you have never thought about it, there is still something to be said for the potential this technology. The hologram would change life as we knew it. Education, medicine, engineering, design, and entertainment would never be the same. With that being said, the concept for creating what would appear as a true hologram has been developed and patented by Apple. The company applied for a patent in 2006 and recently have been granted one by the United States Patent Office. However, the concept is not as simple as simply projecting an image of light into thin air.

The idea that Apple has is a bit more realistic that just projecting an image into thin air. While an image cannot be made to pop up right in front of you by use of some fancy projector, it can be made to appear as though it does. Apple has patented a screen and projector that work together to direct an image directly to each of your eyes. The image would be able to project to multiple people from off the screen and able to track their movement so that as the viewers moved the projector would continue to project to your eyes and not where you were, thus appearing as a true hologram.

apples design specs

The way this would work is that the projector would shoot each pixel onto a special screen that was textured so that depending on where the image was projected it would reflect in a different direction, potentially directly into a viewer’s right and left eye. Apple says it aims at creating an “inexpensive auto-stereoscopic 3D displays that allow the observer complete and unencumbered freedom of movement.” Likely, it likely won’t happen anytime soon, but the concept is none the less very exciting.

Source and more information: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20024309-260.html#ixzz1DmW0BikF

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