Holographic Television on the Way

Posted on October 6, 2008  Comments (6)

Ok, there really isn’t much new since I posted that holographic TV is getting closer. But won’t it be cool when I can have one in my house? And you might need to plan for it in your new house addition ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, with the economic news lately a good distraction might be useful – Holographic television to become reality

The reason for renewed optimism in three-dimensional technology is a breakthrough in rewritable and erasable holographic systems made earlier this year by researchers at the University of Arizona.

Dr Nasser Peyghambarian, chair of photonics and lasers at the university’s Optical Sciences department, told CNN that scientists have broken a barrier by making the first updatable three-dimensional displays with memory.

“This is a prerequisite for any type of moving holographic technology. The way it works presently is not suitable for 3-D images,” he said. The researchers produced displays that can be erased and rewritten in a matter of minutes.

According to Peyghambarian, they could be constructed as a screen on the wall (like flat panel displays) that shows 3-D images, with all the image writing lasers behind the wall; or it could be like a horizontal panel on a table with holographic writing apparatus underneath.

Peyghambarian is also optimistic that the technology could reach the market within five to ten years. He said progress towards a final product should be made much more quickly now that a rewriting method had been found.

However, it is fair to say not everyone is as positive about this prospect as Peyghambarian. Justin Lawrence, a lecturer in Electronic Engineering at Bangor University in Wales, told CNN that small steps are being made on technology like 3-D holograms, but, he can’t see it being ready for the market in the next ten years.

I would have to say I am with those that think this might take a bit longer to be in place. But I would be glad to be wrong.

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6 Responses to “Holographic Television on the Way”

  1. Brandon Schlichter
    October 11th, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

    It will be quite interesting when this is brought to the public, however I’m curious about the costs of such things.

    Unfortunately , the superior format doesn’t always make it to the light of day, or atleast the market. IE Betamax which was the superior format when compared to VHS.

    Maybe we all can have 3d TVs on our personal rocket ships?

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  4. Chris
    June 20th, 2009 @ 3:14 am

    This is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a little kid, it’s kind of exciting that it’s getting so close to being a reality!

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  6. Anonymous
    June 25th, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    It’s already started. Not exactly TV, but shows are being set featuring deceased stars (Tupak, Elvis, etc…) I’d say we’ll have holographic TVs in several decades.

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