How Holograms Are Getting Better Than Ever

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

3D is all the rage now, but holograms are really where it’s at! The technology is advancing at a super fast rate, and according to some, it’s only a matter of time before things like Star Trek’s holodeck can really be built. Trace tells us how holograms work and shows us some of the most exciting holo-projects out there.

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“From Princess Leia’s evocation and “Star Trek’s” Holo-Deck, to Marty McFly ducking holographic sharks in Back To The Future II and the resurrection of Tupac Shakur, holograms are never far from the zeitgeist of pop culture.”

We’re One Step Closer to Bringing Holograms Home

“It seems as though everyone is fascinated with the possibilities and promises of a holographic 3D world. With major events such as Coachella and theLondon Olympics showing off the latest in hologram technology, it’s not hard to desire the concept in theatres, stores or homes. Let’s face it: Who doesn’t want to live in a place where holographic projections a la Star Warscommunicate information?”

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Secrets of Real Images and Holograms

“Each Mirage you display is a scientific phenomenon called a three-dimensional real image. For decades, students often first heard of them in science labs, but very few actually saw one.”

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“Holograms are one of the few guaranteed ways to really take people’s breath away and yet the branding opportunities they offer are being over-looked, argues SquareZero general manager Dave Keegan.”

How Holographic Environments Will Work

“Most of the basic components for this network are already in place to allow the development of tele-immersion. Tele-immersion is the scientific community’s answer to the holodeck.”

History of holography

“Holography dates from 1947, when British (native of Hungary) scientist Dennis Gabor developed the theory of holography while working to improve the resolution of an electron microscope.”

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35 comments

Garet Claborn February 19, 2014 - 2:07 PM

I've got one eye and went to check out the 2pac hologram. Worked for me, but 3D movies do not.

James Haslett February 27, 2014 - 8:30 PM

i think in future holograms are going to be used to have people come back from the dead like rimmer from red dwarf

Martin Brossman March 25, 2014 - 8:15 AM

What a poor definition of real holograms. Here "It involves the use of a laser, interference, diffraction, light intensity recording and suitable illumination of the recording. The image changes as the position and orientation of the viewing system changes in exactly the same way as if the object were still present, thus making the image appear three-dimensional."  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holography

I made them in high school with a helium neon laser. Usually you do your homework better before a show.

Sean Tarantina May 11, 2014 - 1:18 AM

i hope we get actual holograms, holographic porn for the win

Strivinity May 20, 2014 - 3:30 AM

He's a slave to the rhythm of tech.

xxVocUTAUdex June 14, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Hatsune miku hologram concerts in japan and anime expo

Marios POS June 15, 2014 - 8:27 PM

Japanese Scientists created Touchable Holograms !!
how cool is that ??

Reaty Laiko October 31, 2014 - 9:40 PM

well have fun cystalizing a hologram.

Monetized April 30, 2015 - 9:55 AM

Wow ok I see now

Jem-Kimber-Aja-Shana May 24, 2015 - 9:11 AM

Just like Jem and the Holograms?

The Puncakian May 1, 2016 - 9:45 AM

The only way to make a true hologram would be to have light that somehow is segmented into different colors like the bottom of the light tube is red, the middle is blue, the top is clear, etc.

Daniel Wesly Pierre July 17, 2016 - 3:58 AM

i still do not understand how it Works

Conall November 10, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Sponsored by Crypton Future Media.

Ken Behrendt December 14, 2016 - 6:47 PM

Most people talk about holograms, but are clueless as to what they are. Basically, a hologram is a complex developed pattern of a staggeringly huge number of overlapping sets of concentric black interference rings made in a photographic film's emulsion caused by the coming together of laser light reflecting off of the surface of a 3D object with another separate diffused laser beam that does not reflect off of the object called a "reference" beam. After the pattern in the emulsion is later developed, another diffused beam is shown thorough this pattern and, via diffraction, the photons in it are forced by each set of concentric interference rings to converge and form a _single_point on the surface of the original 3D object used to make the hologram. However, not just one point is created, but all of the thousands and thousands of points on the surface of the object that the original diffused beam reflected off of.

When one later views diffused laser light coming through the developed hologram, incredibly, he will actually see two 3D images. One will be of the original object which will appear behind the hologram and the other will appear to be floating in front of it! In order that the images be sharp, one must use monochromatic laser light of a single frequency. To make a full color holographic image is more complicated than a monochromatic one and requires three lasers, one red, one yellow, and one blue that each forms separate sets of concentric interference rings in the three emulsion layers of color film. Viewing the full color holographic image then requires the use of a red, yellow, and blue laser simultaneously.

If one could fill a large space with some sort of mist like smoke or steam, then it should be possible to form a full color projected holographic image in the mist and even have it move about. The problem with all of this is that one would need some sort of LCD emulsion plate that could be temporarily programmed to form the various sets of concentric interference rings for each point in the image and also there would need to be three layers to the plate that would diffract the three colors of laser light in order to give each point whatever color it is supposed to have. The "pixels" needed to make the electronically programmable three layer LCD emulsion plate would almost have to be the size of molecules! This is something that, maybe, decades from now with advances in nano technology might be possible. For the time being we're going to have to fake it by just using large screen tv's and wearing those LCD shutter glasses that synchronize with the progressively scanned images on the tv and alternately black our one or the other lens so that each of a viewer's eyes only sees the one of each two sequentially flashed images on the screen that corresponds to image that eye is supposed to see. No it's not true holography, but it is something available now and satisfactory for most people.

Tsar Eric January 16, 2017 - 5:26 AM

when i can open my hand and see who talking to me then holograms are perfect like commander cody(The orange clone commander)

Paul TheSkeptic March 12, 2017 - 1:09 AM

I've always wondered about those Star Trek holodecks. Based on some of the things they say, we know they use them for sex. A great application I agree but what happens to the eh,… leftovers so to speak? When you turn off the holodeck and the holograms disappear, does your splooge just appear there in mid air and fall to the ground?

Pyx May 25, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Doesn't answer the title question. At all. Just shits on current technology.

DC3 May 31, 2017 - 2:26 AM

I don't want you! I want a 3D Rachel from UK's countdown

Jason Shoraka July 1, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Project Blue beam in Project Blue beam UFO Google it YouTube it there's also a park in Japan you can actually feel and see the holographic projections and I'm assuming you can also see it with just one eye instead of using both Technologies here you just didn't know about it till just now Google it Project Blue beam and Project Blue beam UFO I think the government is going to try to make like there is a UFO Invasion to try to get us closer to the New World Order I'm against the New World Order just to let you know that's what they talk about the end times in the end book of the Bible

Android Lg July 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Well, this video took me two and a half minutes closer to death. So, moving on…

Danimation Studios July 30, 2017 - 7:28 AM

2:08: Mannequins, ANIMATRONICS!?

-FNAF Confirmed…

Dontbeweakvato August 4, 2017 - 9:04 AM

What up trace

Naty T. August 5, 2017 - 3:12 PM

pointless video.

Petronald Green August 6, 2017 - 3:29 AM

4 years later…. Still waiting

Ethan Wagner August 7, 2017 - 7:14 PM

Now we've got fairy lights in femptoseconds. We are actually going to get real holograms.

Puppet Master August 8, 2017 - 1:46 PM

holovec, I think it was called. Look it up. We're getting there, slowly xD

ameer adel August 9, 2017 - 4:32 PM

imagine holographic ad popups.

Lee Chapman August 22, 2017 - 1:55 PM

There's also another way of transportation by staying in your own home… you have got the phone and the Internet… I think that people should put speakers on the moon and allow people to say things on the moon and also be stood on the moon and other planets ( I know that Microsoft Hololens already done the moon)
I would love there to be a fair on the moon, where you would be moving on the Moon just by sitting in a chair and if that sounds to simple, how about having kingdoms and other worlds on clouds ( I don't mean just Earth clouds)

ram kumar October 1, 2017 - 2:00 AM

Microsoft hologram

hbkjn hbjk January 30, 2018 - 4:55 PM

2018

RM46 April 27, 2018 - 5:32 AM

Found a REAL 3D HOLOGRAM: https://youtu.be/kPW7ffUr81g

Velocity FF July 22, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Ur way of explaining is osum :D

SIDΞKICK July 25, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Holograms would only make sense IF the source device and all its components are significantly smaller than the projected image. otherwise it would beat the purpose of hologram. which is space saving 3 dimensional projector.

john Kulpowich November 16, 2019 - 3:39 AM

Just seen Roy Orbison / Billy Holly enjoyed the show it's only going to get better

André Gustavo September 8, 2020 - 3:15 AM

We already have gestures controlling technology. Why don't we apply it to holograms?