Every year, IBM decides what five technologies it thinks are going to make it big in the next five years, based on their research and emerging trends. Some of it is dull and more or less already here, but some of it - like walking holograms - is crazy and awesome.
Stereoscopic 3D (the kind with the glasses) is clunky and annoying and doesn't give you much besides a little bit of fake depth, no matter what all of those commercials featuring stuff jumping out of 3D TVs try to get you to believe. Holograms, on the other hand, are serious 3D. We're all waiting on 3D holographic TV, but in the mean time these holographic maps are pretty sick.
So did you hear that Sony is working on games with holographics for PlayStation 3? What about making full soccer field-sized 3D holographics a reality? If Japan's bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is anything to go by, in twelve years, holographics could be the norm.
Straight from the get-go, Sony told gamers that its PlayStation 3 was going to push the envelope for 3D gaming. With games such as MotorStorm 3D Rift and WipeOut 3D already out of the gate and looking great, Sony's planning to take it to the next level: combining 3D with holographic technology.
The floodgates for Kinect hacks have officially opened. We already saw one guy bring Minority Report-style photo manipulation using a Kinect sensor. Now we have another dude who has created a 3D holographic video with the same tech.
If you're an aspiring musician, stop reading now, this will be painful. Japan's Crypton Future Media has unleashed upon the world what may be the future of pop music in the amazingly realistic, holographic singing idol Hatsune Miku.
The University of Arizona's Professor Nasser Peyghambarian is hard at work making moving holograms a reality. In fact, he's pretty darn close. That begs the question — could the next big format war be between 3D displays and holographic ones?
Just for Friday laughs, this video purports to show a guy revealing a top-secret iPhone app that can create 3D holograms. After using the iPhone's camera to shoot video of his head, he presses a button, holds the phone horizontally and — abracadabra — the phone creates a 3D hologram floating above the screen. Does anyone even have to say, "fake?"
3D has never really tickled my fancy, but I — and I suspect everyone else — could get down with an awesome holographic projection. Complex, Back to the Future 2-style holograms, like full-body teleportation and safe cloning, is something I figure won't happen during my lifetime. Apparently it could — in as little as 10 years.
A team at Tokyo University has figured out how to make holograms "touchable." When you think of holograms, you probably picture your hand sliding right through them, being a projection of light and all. Here, you won't feel anything, but you certainly can interact.