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Real-life holodeck is now one step closer

By T.K. Randall
July 3, 2015 · Comment icon 4 comments

Femtosecond lasers are used to create the touchable image. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Adams
Scientists in Japan have developed a new type of hologram that can be both observed and touched.
Holograms have been a staple of science fiction for some years now, in particular in the Star Trek franchise where the holodeck is often portrayed as the ultimate in simulated reality experiences.

While creating entire worlds to walk around in is still quite a few years away yet, researchers in Japan recently demonstrated that creating a physical hologram is something that is genuinely achievable.
The impressive invention uses femtosecond lasers to produce the image of a small fairy in mid air that human observers can actually touch with their finger. It works by agitating particles in the air so that when someone touches it they can feel the image as though it had a solid presence.

The technology could prove particularly useful in the creation of holographic interfaces such as a computer keyboard made of light that can be projected on to a surface.

In the future it may also be possible to use holograms to communicate with another person during a video chat or to provide tactile feedback when playing an online game.

Source: Escapist Magazine | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss 9 years ago
So, Japan, with its burgeoning population of 40 year-old virgins has found a way to fondle fairies by projecting plasma into space? I love Japan, technology and general wizardry.....but.....was this foxfire light or fairy light in the original translation? And yes, my only real complaint is a cross linguistic pun dealing with smiling kitsune.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Infernal Gnu 9 years ago
Yay! Years from now we might see 15 foot tall holographic robot fights! They'd be much less messy and dangerous than using actual metal.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Harte 9 years ago
This is the beginning of a revolution in the porn industry. Harte
Comment icon #4 Posted by Skep B 9 years ago
This is the beginning of a revolution in the porn industry. Harte

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