The buzz this year has been all about 3DTV, however in the fast moving world of technology, a new buzz is happening over hologram tv. Holographic tv will involve seeing the image ‘projected’ into a viewing area that can be viewed from any angle with no funny glasses required.
The holographic technology is being developed by a Japanese broadcaster NHK, who are commited to creating the first holo-TV in the next six years. They are sponsoring research at giant Japanese companies such as Sony and Mitsubishi and ave sent engineers to America, where scientists have already generated basic holographic transmissions.
The University of Arizona recently announced it had used lasers and powerful computers to generate single-coloured clouds of images. Nasser Peyghambarian, professor of optical sciences at the university, said adding colour and fluid movement was “closer than ever”.
NHK has earmarked £2.8 billion for developing holo-TVs, as part of Japan’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup in Tokyo, but hopes to have prototypes working much earlier.
Jun Murai, a scientist known as “the father of the Japanese internet”, is advising NHK. Using holographic broadcasting over satellites, he said, football games in Tokyo could be relayed to a London stadium where full-sized players would appear so life-like that fans would believe they were at the match.
Holo-TVs would not have to be mounted on walls. Last week, a Sony engineer said they would more likely resemble a large book laid on the floor. Lasers would then project the cloud into the middle of the room.
“With wires running under the carpet, you could fill the room with a football match or Hollywood heroes leaping between your sofas,” said the engineer.
Imagine the possibilities if holo=tv takes off, we could watch music concerts in an arena with our favorite band kind of really there. Then there are sporting events in full size holographic detail and of course adult tv.