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Boffins create real-time 3D holographic images

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Thu Nov 04 2010, 15:51

BOFFINS ARE WORKING ON 3D holographic technology that project images in near real time.

Nasser Peyghambarian and his team of researchers at the University of Arizona have developed a 3D holographic technology called 3D telepresence, but the potential applications are boggling.

The team cite medical research, engineering and of course, real time 3D telepresence as possible scenarios, but they have missed the most obvious choice. The 3D holographic technology should be integrated into rebel R2 droids to stop the war against the Empire. It will happen, doubters.

Peyghambarian reckoned the holographic technology can transmit a 3D image that updates every two seconds and has a near 360-degree view. According to Reuters, his team created the holographic effect by taking shots from multiple angles.

The shots are then pinged down the Ethernet. In the lab the team projects the images onto a transparent plastic panel and in the future the images could be projected over flat tables. If the shots can be manipulated in the future then we'll finally have that Tom Cruise graphical user interface from Minority Report we've all been waiting for.

The team had a much slower black and white image that could only be updated every four minutes, but Peyghambarian said that this technology is 100 times faster.

"This breakthrough opens new opportunities for optics as a means to transport images in real time," Lynn Preston, director of the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Centers program said in a statement. µ


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