“Aerial 3D” True 3D Hologram Projector
I came across this awesome hologram projector exhibited by Burton Inc at DC Expo 2011. What makes this device impressive, is that it actually produces true 3D images. Unlike other holographic devices that rely on trickery such as overlapping 2D images to give the illusion of 3d, the Burton hologram is formed by points of light generated in actual 3D space.
The device shown at the expo was a scaled down version of their “Aerial 3D” technology called the SRV-5000 (Super Real Vision). In the past, Burton has displayed larger 3D images generated in mid-air by powerful lasers. The SRV-5000 however consists of lasers projected in a glass case filled with water.
The animated images displayed were a mask, a dolphin, a man walking, some text and a sphere made of swirly lines. At an event earlier this year in France they announced that it also supports Kinect which makes it possible to display a 3D avatar that mimics a users motion in real time.
There are plans to create a full color display by combining red, green and blue lasers. The possible uses of this device are in digital signage, 3D object analysis and in medicine. This larger version of the Aerial 3D technology could also be used to create detailed animated displays in the sky like some sort of magical fireworks. Now that’s cool.