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Holograms You Can Touch Are Being Developed For Video Games

The future?

It appears the famous holographic chess game in the original Star Wars movie maybe moving a step closer to reality as a San Jose-based startup has claimed they can make holographic television which will let you touch the images.

The tech will be unveiled next week with the team aiming for “full parallax holographic displays” with zero latency and high resolutions, but most importantly they will not require you to wear any silly headsets. A prototype is in production and the company, Light Field Labs, aim to ship some units next year, with full production ramping up in 2019.

Light Field say that live action content is the “most complicated” which is why they are hoping the video games market will be among the first players to embrace the new tech.

As for the holograms being touchable, that is still a few years off but the tech will use volumetric haptics, essentially using sound waves to create the feeling of an object. Check out the video below for how that works.

Source: Variety / YouTube

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  1. gernboes
    Since: Oct 2008

    Actuall, it seems in order to be able to see those holorams you do in fact still need a headset that syncs with that device. The device itself does apparently not project anything visual, just haptics! So you wouldnt see anything, but “only” feel it. Which is very impressive in itself.
    (I may be wrong, but at least thats how it sounded to me after reading a bit about it – the visible objects in the video where only there to visualize the effect, as you cant touch them via youtube…)

    Comment posted on 19/04/2017 at 17:09.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Yes are correct for the video above, but the new “tvs” in development from Light Field, which are not in the video, do not require a headset. The video above was just to illustrate how haptic thingummy whatsit works.

      Comment posted on 19/04/2017 at 17:29.
      • gernboes
        Since: Oct 2008

        Ah, i see! Although i fail to comprehend how that would work… So, its like a 3d tv without the need for glasses (similar to the 3ds display but probably far more sophisticated…?) and works in conjunction with the haptic thingy? But does that really count as holographic? I mean a tv is a plane and can only display stuff in the square it covers right? Which is very limited in comparison to a headset which just puts the object right in front of you and you being able to move around and behind it… Or am i missing something? Sounds very interesting either way!

        Comment posted on 19/04/2017 at 19:11.
  2. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Who would’ve guessed the old TSA symbol would get a new lease of life with this technology! (1 min mark) ;)

    It is interesting tech though, i guess we’ll have to wait for the unveil to see exactly what these new tvs are capable of.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2017 at 19:11.
  3. MrYd
    Since: Mar 2011

    As with any new technology these days, it’ll be expensive and for a very niche gamer market until such time as it’s inevitably used for porn. Which will probably be about 3 days after it’s available.

    Probably a better idea than VR porn, for obvious reasons. ;)

    Comment posted on 19/04/2017 at 19:56.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      I’ not so sure, although you will be able to, er, “feel” the virtual boobies, there will be no resistance. So you could be in danger of plunging your hand right through them.

      And when it comes to the male anatomy, well unless the holograms are VERY solid then I don’t think they will be much use.

      Comment posted on 20/04/2017 at 09:52.

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