What if I told you that the futures is just around the corner? And no, Morpheus is not coming to offer a blue or a red pill. This is something more on the line “Leia wants help, but she can’t do it through Skype or Facebook.” Fret not, because, as we said the future is here. Japanese One-man band invents touchable hologram, paving the way for new technological marvels.
Thinks back to those great sci-fi movies and book. Who could not remember the holo-deck from Star Trek or the clone trooper transmitting information via a pocket-sized holographic communicator? We can’t rest assure now because it’s only a matter of time before this amazing machination becomes available to the general public.
The think-tank behind this amazing contraption is none other than Dr. Yoichi Ochia, Japan’s wonder child, the man who once formed a one-man band using an electric guitar and a computer. Doctor Ochi, hailing from the Tsukuba University together with a team of researchers has come with an ingenious way to display 3D real-time and touchable holograms. In order to achieve such a feat, the team employed the use of a very advanced technology called femtosecond laser technology.
By using a set of high-speed and high intensity lasers, a couple of cameras and mirrors, the team has actually managed to focus individual points of light into forming a complex image. Even the rendering rate is astonished. As predicted, the apparatus is capable of rendering circa 200000 dots every second. And maybe the coolest feature is that you can actually touch and feel the hologram itself.
After completing the experiment, Japan’s wonder-child, a true modern-age alchemist, declared that the projected surface feels like tough sandpaper. And, as you would imagine, the applications for this kind of technology are practically infinite. For now, Ochia is focusing on refining this technology in order to fashion applications that could benefit Medicine and architecture.
As he declared, although the primary goal of this technology is to help physicians and architects, it won’t be long until the technology itself will be used for entertainment. Image how it will be the next time you’ll talk to someone online. Apart from being capable of seeing a 3D representation of him or her, you’ll also be able to touch them.
Moreover it would seem that the technology might have other means of applications when it comes to hauling heavy containers. For now, the apparatus can only allow an 8-mm object to float in thin air.