According to an article in News Atlas: “Fiction has promised us holograms for decades, with one of the most famous examples appearing in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. On board the Millennium Falcon, R2D2 and Chewbacca play some sort of digital board game, interacting with figures built out of light hovering in the air above a table.

“Such things have been a long time coming to the real world. VR and AR can both somewhat replicate the experience, but they require headsets. In the best case, these are a bit antisocial, stopping you from looking others in the eye. In the worst case, they completely remove the wearer from the real world to immerse them in virtual space.

“The VX1 table from Voxon Photonics, on the other hand, requires no headset or eyewear. It operates more or less exactly like the hologram table in Star Wars, albeit usually with a glass dome over the top of it, and can display an 18x18x8 centimetre holographic image, video, game or interactive data visualisation.”

Meanwhile, InAVate report that two Australian educational facilities have become the first to install Voxon’s VX1 hologram table.

“The VX1 can display 18x18x8cm ‘holographic’ content ranging from images to interactive display content from its volumetric bowl-like display, being designed for commercial applications such as digital signage, public display interactive media, trade shows and communicating 3D digital models of products or constructs as well as education and gaming applications.

“The device operates by tracking the location of the glass, synchronising it perfectly with a 4,000 frames per second projector, allowing each slice to be projected at the right height.

“These slices are then ‘stacked and re-stacked so fast that your eyes can’t track the motion, and an object appears to float in the air. The slices are ‘re-drawn both on the up and down swing of the glass, you get a hologram video refresh rate of 30 frames per second.’”

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