Holograms are an integral part of our vision of the future. Whether in Blade Runner, Minority Report or Ready Player One – somehow we associate the world of tomorrow with the holograms that are conquering our world. Despite all this, they have not yet become part of our everyday lives. The SolidLight platform is supposed to remedy this and be able to project realistic 3D “holograms” without the need for a special headset.
Although not yet present in our daily lives, holographic technology has advanced tremendously. HoloLens and co have made great leaps in technology here with Mixed Reality, but SolidLight goes much further. The company’s new holographic platform Light Field Lab, takes immersion in a completely different direction.
As briefly touched on earlier, what makes the system special is that, unlike most other applications on the market, it doesn’t require glasses. Through a combination of the company’s WaveTracer™ hardware and software, 3D objects, so-called SolidLight Objects, can be realistically transmitted into space and also move freely within it. Depending on the direction in which the hologram moves, the perspective of the image in the real world also changes.
What’s really fascinating is that while the individual 28-inch panels can work independently, they can also be combined in a modular fashion to create a holographic display of any size. So, thinking further about the application example, completely realistic hologram walls can be created to enable events and marketing campaigns in a completely new and immersive way.
One panel thereby allows 2.5 billion pixels to the volume of the generated holographic object with an effective density of 10 billion pixels per square meter.
According to a recent report from VR Scout, the following building blocks are part of the solution:
- SolidLight Relay: This feature allows the generated holographic object volume to be positioned in physical environments and control the fusion with the real world
- SolidLight WaveTracer™: Proprietary real-time and offline rendering software for 3D scene development
- Computer hardware: Includes the GPUs, synchronization, servers, and networks to seamlessly manage SolidLight displays
The information about the product so far shows that SolidLight is going in a direction that has never been known before. The CEO of Light Field Lab even goes so far as to say that it is not until you touch the hologram that you would often realize that it is not there.
Whether this corresponds to reality, we will probably not know until the product is launched on the market at the earliest. Pre-orders are currently available at Light Field Lab.
Post picture: Light Field Lab