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Holovision aims at life-size 3D projections

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July 29, 2013

The Holovision projector is designed to produce a life-size image of a person

The Holovision projector is designed to produce a life-size image of a person

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Close on the heels of the 21st century complaint of “Where’s my jetpack?” is “Where’s my holographic projector?”. Nothing spells “future” like having a conversation with someone whose life-size image is beamed into the room. Provision of Chatsworth, California wants to bring that one step closer to reality, with its Holovision life-size holographic projector. The company is currently running a Kickstarter campaign aimed at raising US$950,000 to fund the development of new technology for the projector, with hopes of unveiling it next year.

The Holovision projector uses what is called aerial or volumetric imaging, which is a way of producing 3D images without special glasses, lenses or slits. It uses a digital LCD screen and a concave mirror to produce the illusion of a 3D image floating outside the projector. In the smaller versions currently made by Provision, this is about 30 cm (12 in) from the display surface, but in the life-size Holovision, this will be further. According to Provision, this technology produces a clearer image without generating multiple views or causing dizziness or nausea.

One of Provision's existing 3D projectors
One of Provision's existing 3D projectors

Provision is already building 3D projectors as marketing tools, but the current Kickstarter program aims at advancing the technology. Currently, the company’s largest projector can only produce an 18-in (45.7-cm) image, but the goal is to create one 6 feet (1.8 m) tall that projects 7 ft (2.1 m) from the screen and is visible within a 100-degree arc. This will require developing new optics and a new light source. Once this is achieved, Provision plans to miniaturize the system to the size of a toaster for the game console market before expanding to applications in education, medicine, video conferencing and other fields.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through August 14 and the public debut of the system is scheduled for March, 2014.

The video below introduces the Holovision technology.

Source: Kickstarter via Dvice

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The project is highly questionable as many comments on the Kickstarter page point out: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lifesizehologram/life-size-hologram/comments

Raphaël de Courville
29th July, 2013 @ 05:29 pm PDT

No mention made of Asimov, of course, who conceived this.

Eddie
30th July, 2013 @ 01:12 am PDT

Same "technology" as SEGA's "Time Traveler" game from 1991 and the only other game made for the hardware, "Holosseum" from 1992.

This outfit is doing the same thing as the Bicymple, taking something old that was a flop, tweaking it a bit and trying to sell it as something new.

Gregg Eshelman
30th July, 2013 @ 07:27 pm PDT

They should be able to get the porn industry to completely fund this.

Sorry but you know it's true. :-)

warren52nz
31st July, 2013 @ 04:12 pm PDT

Specifically to their 3D technology, one big assumption that they have abstracted from is:

In order to perceive these images as 3D user needs to be outside of their projection arrangement. If there was a person inside that box that shows 3D he would not see 3D at all, you need to be outside. This means that you cannot have room size 3D and be in that room using this technology.

Ashtom1
1st August, 2013 @ 12:36 am PDT

“HOLOVISION: A Life Size Hologram (Suspended) is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and is currently unavailable.”

The DMCA notice is brutal...

“this is a warning to Kickstarter to start sling a better job of proof reading each project before being submitted since it seems like no one at Kickstarter cares about allowing scam artists post projects that violates several laws”

This guy is not very good at proof reading either, but it's still pretty funny.

https://www.kickstarter.com/dmca/holovision-a-life-size-hologram-submitted-by-hollywood-pictures

Raphaël de Courville
14th June, 2014 @ 03:27 pm PDT
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