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Star Wars 3D moving holograms become reality

‘Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, You’re my only hope’. These words will ring down through the annals of history as some of the most poignant in the scifi world, from Star Wars. Now, more than 30 years scientists have developed the first real time moving hologram.

These ‘telepresence’ images appear without the need for special glasses such as needed when watching 3D movies, like Avatar. Images from 3D television can only be seen from one perspective however the new hologram images will be able to have objects seen from different angles.

This technology could in fact be used in holographic webcasts, movies, TV shows and even with telemedicine.

Nasser Peyghambarian, led researcher at the University of Arizona in Tucson said “Holographic telepresence means we can record a three dimensional image in one location and show it in another location, in real time, anywhere in the world.”

It has been possible to create a 3D holographic picture of a static object since the 1960’s but only now can they ‘update’ or ‘refresh’ large scale 3d images that can be viewed under normal conditions.

The 10 inch display made from a new type of photosensitive material can let the image be updated every 2 seconds and this is expected to be improved in the near future. A new 17 inch screen version is already developed with a focus on improving the update rate.

KitGuru says: This is surely the future of movie entertainment.

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