Purchase a Holographic 3D Television in 2018

December 03 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets   Year: 2018   Rating: 1

3473DTV.jpgThe University of Aberdeen in the UK has declared that a fully-holographic television (like in Star Wars, yes) is entirely possible by 2018.  They base this conclusion on research of their own on holograpic technologies as well as emerging 3D-like televisions that promise to go on sale in the next three to four years.  "Whilst the ultimate 3D experience, using fully interactive floating holographic images - similar to that which is seen when Princess Leia appears in front of Luke Skywalker as a hologram in Star Wars - could be on the market by 2018."  The team came to this conclusion after recieving $350,000 in funding to study timelines, possibilities and possible applications of a fully holographic television.

The question I find myself asking (other than why someone would still use "whilst" in a sentence) is why someone would even want a holographic television.  In every view of the future we see, holograms aren't used for television, but for interactions and display.  It will be interesting to see how the public will react to holographic televisions, and how long it will take for them to give way to holographic commmunication and fake girlfriends (Sixth Day).  If anything, expect at least five months of Princess Leia parodies once this comes out.

Comment Thread (2 Responses)

  1. When I saw this article on PhysOrg.com I was kind of surprised to hear that they could do it so fast…. I am just excited about OLED’s, and this piques my interest, too, but I will have to wait and see how it is before making any more judgements about it.

    Posted by: Covus   December 03, 2008
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  2. I’m not really sure I would want a holographic tv, unless you can really interact with images coming from the set. I can’t help but think about the election coverage when CNN and some other network was using holograms to conduct their interviews. It was a strange sight to see because it didn’t really come off as natural.

    Posted by: christinep   December 09, 2008
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