In Star Trek, the Holodeck is a seemingly impossible place that can create environments, objects and people out of photons and force fields. Now researchers tasked with creating a haptic holographic prototype may bring that Sci-Fi imagining one step closer to reality.
1/17/2011 6:00:00 AM By: Brian Jackson
A project that seeks to combine digital holography with haptic feedback – meaning you could actually feel interactions with the holograms – has received funding from the federal government alongside 11 other projects affiliated with OCAD University.
The description of the technology sounds like a prototype for Star Trek’s Holodeck – a space where space travelers on the Sci-fi show can recreate any setting, object or person and interact with them as though they are real. Toronto’s OCAD will provide the visual technology, auto-stereoscopic that project 3D images without requiring the viewer to wear glasses, and Waterloo, Ont.-based Entact Robotics will provide the haptic feedback technology.
“The kind of holography we’re working with is technology most people haven’t seen yet,” says Michael Page, assistant professor in OCAD’s faculty of art and the academic partner on the project. “It’s a hologram that you can feel.”
An example of work done in OCAD’s holography lab. Courtesy of Lisamorgan via Flickr.
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