Wednesday, January 8, 2014

'Star Wars'- Style 3D Hologram Phone Becoming a Reality?

Is this in our future?
A Polish telecommunications company with the clever name Leia Display System, is working to make science fiction into science fact. According to The Mirror UK, a 3D hologram phone just like the one in used in the 1977 film, "Star Wars," may be on the market in as little as five years (we want it now!).

Here is what the company's chief executive, Marcin Panek, revealed about the technology,  “Our holograms will take video phone calls to the next level. We are on the frontier of technology that was imagined in movies 40 years ago - it is science fiction becoming science fact. It will be as if loved ones, friends and family are standing right in front of you while you talk with them halfway across the world. At the moment, our holograms are made using machines that are more than six feet high but we are designing smaller versions that can be set up on a coffee table in a living room. It’s incredible. Ten years ago people would have been astounded at the idea of tablet devices but now they are everywhere. It will be the same with holograms. It is still early days but we hope to sell hologram telephone devices within the next five years.”

How does this work? Panek describes the process that was inspired by watching the 3D effect of a laser being beamed onto dry ice in nightclubs, "To make a call, the person sits in front of a high tech camera which has two lenses and a microphone. The two images formed by the lenses are blended together and then streamed through the internet to the person on the other end of the line. A hologram machine then receives the images and projects them onto a screen of water vapor."

Unfortunately, this futuristic phone will set you back thousands of dollars but they reassured us that as it becomes more common, this price will decrease.

So what say you about the "Star Wars" phone? Are you excited? Skeptical? Saving up for one? Should I end this piece by saying "Help me Obi Wan Kanobi, you're my only hope in being able to afford this phone?"

-Larissa Mrykalo

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