3D holographic technology has been making strides. To date, holographic display technology has gone down in cost, and time required to implement. It has also gone up in terms of availability, consumer interest, quality, and interactivity. From some examples I’ve seen on YouTube, we’ve even surpassed the quality and definition of the infamous Star Wars holograms.
3D holographic displays are now more interactive due to third party technologies that record human movement and the dimensions of an environment. Today, holograms can interact with a walking, talking, human being.
In this writer’s opinion, there are some key technologies that are going to bring holographics into a whole new world; Microsoft Kinect (or something like it), personal assistants like Siri, M, or Cortana, mobile devices (GPS, identifying users to holograms), CGI 3D animation, and all things augmented reality. You can also check Activ8 90 degree 3D-holo show if you’d like to get more ideas as to what this technology can do.
Let’s take a look at some modern examples of real-world 3D holographic display applications.
Tupac is Alive. Sort of. (Coachella Festival 2012)
This is my favourite example of 3D holographic display for a lot of reasons. The technology used was flawless, with so many moving parts.
This example contains 3D CGI computer graphics meshed with existing audio and video, cutting edge 3D holographic display technology, and a musician whose death was hotly debated in fan circles, similar to that of Andy Kaufman. (Some fans thought the hologram was really Tupac Shakur).
And these types of “holoshows” aren’t only reserved for big brands with bigger budgets –they’ve gone mainstream. From car shows to birthday parties and royal engagements, holographic projection shows are open to everyone.
Holograms in Dubai
Dubai is a city known for decadence, so it is only fitting they have a contender on this list. The video above features some quality holographic displays which spanned entire auditoriums. Featuring the likes of tigers, rhinos, dragons, dinosaurs, dolphins, and other majestic creatures people do not get to see very often, this holoshow is one of the greats. Early in the clip there is even a tropical rainstorm, complete with holographic rain clouds and rain drops.
Holoshows illustrate another really interesting thing –we are not all that far from a future that has a Star Trek-like holodeck in it!
Replacing multiple screens (and adding infinite more screens to your life without the cost) you can interact with online services and rich media or video games on your wall, or you can observe 3D computer generated graphics come alive in your space –or virtually transform it.
This technology is destined to cut down on the amount of physical screens that will be produced, and probably be a good thing for the environment.
3D holographic display and technology by Activ8 Hologram Events also includes hologram mannequins, which are becoming increasingly popular with retail operations and upscale business complexes.
They serve as concierge and often augment existing infrastructure. Hologram mannequins are also a hit with trade shows for their wow factor and sophistication; they’ve been proven to increase engagement and how long a booth visitor sticks around.
Amazing Facts About Russia [infographic]
As the world’s biggest country, Russia borders 15 different countries and has the ninth largest population in the world. There are also approximately 10 million more women than men in Russia.
The proximity between the USA and Russia is also much closer than most people think, with the closest point between the countries measuring only 4km long! Another interesting fact includes the distance from Chicago to Moscow which is closer than from Chicago to Rio-de-Janeiro.
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Amazon Introduces Kindle Kids Edition!
If you want to get your kids to read more instead of watching TV, Amazon hasn’t forgotten about you or your kid. Alongside the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet the company announced today, Amazon took the wraps off the Kindle Kids Edition, its first-ever e-reader aimed at children. For an additional $20 over the cost of a normal Kindle, the Kids Edition comes with one of four colorful cases, a two-year worry-free guarantee and one-year of complimentary access to the company’s FreeTime Unlimited service.
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With the two year guarantee, Amazon says it’ll replace the device for free should anything happen to it. FreeTime Unlimited, if you’re not familiar, offers some 20,000 kid-friendly books, videos and apps. It works across multiple devices, so you have a backup when your kid wants to do something else. You can add it to your existing Prime subscription for $2.99 per month. Otherwise, it costs $4.99 per month. Amazon also has prepaid yearly options for families with either one or more children.
Amazon has also added a variety of new software features to keep kids reading. In addition to the Kindle’s built-in dictionary, the Kids Edition includes a feature called Word Wise that will automatically define any difficult words. The e-reader will turn any word a child looks up into a flashcard for later review. There are also achievement badges to earn, as well as more fun wallpapers than the ones that come standard with the company’s other Kindles. It’s also worth mentioning the Kids Edition is based on the Kindle update Amazon announced in March, so it includes an adjustable front light.
At $109.99, the Kindle Kids Edition is more expensive than the $89.99 Kindle but not as pricey as the $129.99 Paperwhite. The Kindle Kids Edition is available to pre-order starting today, and it will ship on October 30th. If you buy two of the e-readers at the same time, Amazon will give you 25 percent off the total price of the two products.
Here’s a full list of the Kindle Kids Edition new software features:
- Achievement Badges: Kids can earn badges like Book Worm and Over Achiever when they make progress toward pre-defined goals.
- Easy Discovery: With enhanced browsing and search, kids can locate titles without the exact spelling. And with smart recommendations, kids can find books related to the genres, authors and characters they like.
- Word Wise: Kids are automatically provided short and simple definitions above difficult words, so they can keep reading with fewer interruptions.
- Dictionary: If kids come across a difficult word, they can select the word to look up the definition via the built-in Kindle dictionary.
- Vocabulary Builder: Words looked up in dictionaries are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder and turned into flashcards for future review and learning.
- Kid-friendly Wallpaper: A unique set of lock screen wallpapers designed specifically for kids are included.
What Happened To Smart Glasses?
Whether you think smart glasses are cool or creepy, for most people, they’re not a part of everyday life. However, AR glasses and headsets appear to have found a niche with manufacturing, military simulations, and even the theater.