Amazingly, the technology is already far more advanced than the comparatively old-fashioned looking hologram from the famous “Star Wars” scene pictured above. In fact, the University of Arizona is working feverishly on holographic technology which, described as “herky jerky,” already looks better than Princess Leia did.
Other notable predictions for tech breakthroughs included batteries that would, essentially, run on air and more cities around the world would be powered from the heat generated by servers. Helsinki, Finland is already ahead of the curve on that idea, making news in recent months for its underground servers helping to heat a city that can be bitterly cold in wintertime.
Servers heating homes or even entire communities is one thing, but 3D holographic images? It would not surprise me for an instant. At the rate technology is advancing, in5 years, holographic images from our cell phones might seem even a bit ho-hum.
You can read more about the predictions from IBM’s research here.
- The New Future: Is It Innovation, Intrusion, or Just Plain Eerie? (pcworld.com)
- New Holographic Device Can Record and Display 3-D Holograms in Near Real Time (popsci.com)
- Holographic maps kick the crap out of traditional 3D images (purestrange.wordpress.com)