Holograms: From Fiction to Reality

May 4, 2020

Every day, technology previously only seen in science fiction is made into a reality.  The first flip phones were nothing more than tri-corders from Star Trek and the iPad a Datapad.  Holograms are another science fiction technology that has been made into a reality.

I am sure that you are familiar with the quintessential hologram scene - Princess Leia calling out to Obi Wan to help her in her hour of need.  

A scene from Star Wars: A New Hope

And we see it used over and over again to help portray a society as futuristic.  We can look to Hunger Games and Star Trek to see this.

A scene from Hunger Games Part 1
A scene from Star Trek: Discovery

But what is a hologram?  In its narrowest description, a hologram is a physical recording of an interference pattern which uses diffraction to reproduce a three-dimensional light field, resulting in an image which retains the depth, parallax, and other properties of the original scene.  Translation: using diffracted light to project a three dimensional image into a space visual without the use of special viewing glasses. 

However, the concept of a hologram has grown beyond just holography.  Today, the term hologram can used to describe the portrayal of a person or object in a 3D dimensional space including - either augmented and virtual reality.  These experiences are not in some distant galaxy far, far away. They are here now.

At Scandy, we're at the forefront of making this technology accessible.  You can view 3D scans in augmented reality with CappyAR and Scandy Pro.  You can even capture and view volumetric video with hoxel.

A hoxel recording placed in VR
A hoxel recording placed in AR using the most recent beta version of the hoxel creator app

We are excited to see how this technology grows and integrates into our everyday lives like the cell phone has.  Maybe the future isn’t so far away after all. And since it’s fitting, May the Fourth be with you.

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