Now 6D holograms that interact with light

18 09 2008

Indian origin scientist has claimed to have found success in creating six dimensional images that respond to changes in light and the viewer’s direction by utilizing basic technology used in cheap 3D postcards and novelty items.

The researcher says that the response of the six-dimensional holograms to light could be better understood by visualizing what would happen if a flashlight is shone on a real flower and a holographic one simultaneously.

While the display is still pretty small, seven by seven pixels, the researchers hope that within the next two to three years they could scale it up to create some of the most realistic images available.

“We are the first ones to build a display that changes with lighting,” says Associate Professor Ramesh Raskar, a scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who helped to develop the technology. “We’ve finally found a way to build the most realistic display.”

The idea is similar to the technology used on stiff, cheap plastic postcards, the kind when rotated causes an image to move or make it 3D.

These postcards use a series of raised parallel lines to create tiny lenses that project different images at either vertical or horizontal angles. The effect can make an image of a car appear like it’s moving down a road or a hand appear like it’s waving as you tilt the card one way and then another.

Instead of using parallel lines to create the image, the researchers used squares to create lenses that present different images at both vertical and horizontal angles simultaneously.

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