They say it's hard to find good help these days, and apparently that's especially true at New York City's three main airports: officials are paying an arm and a leg to install virtual assistants that can help direct travelers.
Last year, we saw a holographic display that could be used to create a holographic TV. This year, TCL's apparently got one in the wings. Is this the future of TV? (Spoiler: if it is, it's the far future, but it certainly makes today's 3D look silly.)
This new holographic display from Microsoft, called Vermeer, is certainly not the first "touchable" hologram that we've seen. But every other system places the holograms themselves behind glass, while with Vermeer, it's hanging out right there in the open, Princess Leia style.
The reason 3D movies and television are so headache-inducing is that they're not actually being projected in three dimensions. What is real 3D (as far as our brains are concerned) are holographic displays, and we're getting very, very close to that holographic TV you've always wanted.
Microsoft has been on a user interface kick this week, what with their new OmniTouch and trans-fabric interfaces. But the HoloDesk project might be the coolest demo of all, at least for those of us who lie awake at night fantasizing about our very own holodeck.
Being told your plane is about to board could get a lot more pleasant, if other airports around the world follow France's lead. Paris's Orly airport is testing virtual boarding agents using what officials there are calling "2-D holograms."
Back in December, we saw some of Zebra Imaging's impressive full-color holographic prints. With funding from DARPA, Zebra has been able to develop and electronic version of the same technology, embodied in an actual glasses-free 3D holographic projector table.