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OPLIN 4Cast #792: What is possible now with holographic technology?

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As a Gen Xer, whenever the word “hologram” comes up in casual conversation, I will inevitably think of either the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation or Jem and the Holograms. In both shows, holograms are portrayed as a significantly advanced technology that would be unlikely to appear fully realized in the present day.

Yet, here we are in 2022, and holograms are becoming reality. We’re not to a functional holodeck yet, but the baby steps are clearly showing us what might some day be possible.

  • Seven-Foot Holograms Modeled Maisie Wilen Fall/Winter 2022 at NYFW [Trend Hunter] “The seven-foot holograms appeared in a dark room using the power of more than 100 cameras, and they were styled to remind of Monster High dolls. Complete with fangs, grills, pointed ears and boldly colored bodies, the models brought a sense of fantasy to the city.”
  • I chatted with a hologram, but holographic meetings aren’t here yet “It’s like a next-level Zoom video call, but instead of appearing on someone else’s computer screen in a small box, your full-size likeness is projected onto a holographic screen for them to see. So, all 5 feet and 4 inches of me are displayed with 3D realness — but this can only happen if you’ve got a special device to display the holographic version of the person you’re interacting with, and they have a studio-level camera — and these screens or pods can run up to $75,000. Just filming with nice camera equipment can cost a few thousand dollars.”
  • Meta filed a patent for ‘3D conversations’ — are holographic calls almost here? [The Next Web] “A couple of years ago, I might’ve written this patent off as just another tech company trying to call dibs on some esoteric technology. But in 2022, now that Zuckerberg has gone all-in on the metaverse — and now that people seem to actually care about VR and AR again — it seems a given that Meta is trying to make conversations in XR a thing.”
  • 2022 Startups to Watch: St. Louis firm uses holograms to assist heart surgeons [] “SentiAR develops visualization technologies for surgical use. Its CommandEP system provides physicians with a holographic guidance system for invasive cardiac procedures. The product allows surgeons to see 3D real-time holograms through a wearable headset while conducting procedures.”

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