Tony Stark wannabes are freaking out right now. No, seriously, f-r-e-a-k-i-n-g out.
The science of holography has taken a big leap forward thanks to tiny carbon nanotubes. Scientists at Cambridge University have used carbon nanotubes to generate the smallest hologram pixels ever created. The small size is key, because the smaller the pixel, the higher the resolution of the hologram and the wider the field of view.
The current generation of 3DTV sucks for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that it's not really 3D like a hologram is. Recognizing that true holographic video is a long way off, MIT has developed a glasses-free 3D stacked LCD display it's calling a Tensor Display that can make some of that magic happen.
Compared to other, more modern storage mediums, optical discs are terrible. They're big, they're fragile, and they're hard to access. You may not agree, and neither does GE: they've just developed a commercial micro-holographic storage technology that can fit 500 gigs on an optical disc.
Have you ever had a sneaking suspicion that the entire world is just one giant hologram? For better or worse, this now seems less likely to be the case, according to the latest results from a gravitational wave detector. Yes, we have those.
DARPA's looking for a way to give soldiers on the ground more direct access to air support, and the solution that they've come up with involves a nifty-looking set of holographic sunglasses.
London's Luton airport just got two new agents to help at security, but they aren't real people; they're holograms. Cool?
Well, we knew it would happen eventually: science has made the famous hologram from Star Wars ("Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.") a reality.
This six foot tall holographic display system is large enough to display people at pretty close to life size. It could be your big screen holographic TV and your first holographic phone system, all in one.
Apple joins the likes of IBM and Sony in wanting to bring about some sweet holographic display technology. While Apple's patent admits that it isn't a "true hologram" the company is after, it does go so far as to call the proposal "exceptional." Not your usual humble, dry patent here!