The hologram is a fascinating science fiction idea that seems out of reach. Now a former researcher at MIT Media Lab is trying to raise money for a 3D hologram desktop printer that can create 3D images, images that seem to even move.
Although reflective screens, headsets, and even live shows hosted by dead readers are all holograms, the technology actually refers to a specific type of 3D image that is placed in a 2D environment. These images are created by laser, and their information is inserted into a special bar with a modified light so that each pixel has information for different viewing angles. The output effect is an image that looks three-dimensional and can even be animated depending on the viewing angle.
These holograms have previously been used on various products such as baseball cards and security tags. However, the ability to create these images was not available to many people. This is where Paul Christie and the company LitiHolo come in.
The LitiHolo 3D printer allows users to create their own holographic images even from inside the home. This system, which is only slightly larger than regular printers, can take 3D models from services such as Sketchfab or Qlone or other 3D rendering programs and convert them into holograms. In addition, there seems to be a feature that allows users to record video and print their holograms with their smartphone cameras.
Of course, the output effect looks a bit pixelated and a layer of red is placed on it. LitiHolo says their printer can make holograms with a maximum size of 10.1 by 12.7 cm and a 45-degree field of view. Because up to 23 images can be encoded per pixel, the final hologram can show a few seconds of movement by moving the image or the individual’s head.
The technology used in this device is very attractive and can create spectacular works of art for your home. The LitiHolo fundraising campaign has so far been able to raise twice its $ 30,000 target, with just 26 days to go. LitiHolo says the base price of their printer will be $ 899, and if all goes well, the device will be available from October 2021.