You might’ve thought that technology from your favorite science fiction shows was somewhere in a galaxy far, far away. But it turns out the technology that’s been gracing our TV and movie screens for decades is closer that you could ever imagine. Guess what? You can now get your very own desktop holographic display. This is not a drill! No seriously, keep reading.
The Holovect is a “self-contained laser-based volumetric display system that fits on your lab bench or desktop” that you can currently pre-order through this very successful and fully funded Kickstarter campaign. That’s right, you can store this Holovect inside of R2-D2 and send messages to Obi-Wan. Well, sorta. The makers of the Holovect stress that the images are not holograms, but instead are “projections in space”.
Check out this video to get a better idea of exactly how the Holovect technology works:
So, how exactly do you create images for the Holovect? The technology uses something called a “vect” which “is a list of 3D coordinates that result in lines drawn in a head-to-tail sequence in space.” You can create these vects using spreadsheets and tools provided online. Plus, as the technology grows, open-source resources will continue to grow online. Take a look at this example of a spaceship vect.
So, create your own vects, load them into the Holovect and start dazzling your friends with your skills. Sure, you might not be asking for help anytime soon, but you can possibly make a glowing green “Send Help” to get some attention. Make sure to check out the project on Kickstarter and grab your very own Holovect right now!
What will you do with your new Holovect? Let us know in the comments!
All Images Credit: Holovect / Kickstarter