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Holographic telepresence demonstrated

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A practical method of producing truly three-dimensional images that do not require the viewer to wear special eyewear would have many potential applications - in telemedicine, mapping and entertainment, for instance. True 3D holographic displays have so far lacked the capability of updating images with sufficient speed to convey movement. Now, a team working at the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences and Nitto Denko Technical Corporation in Oceanside, California, has developed a system that updates images at close to real-time. In a proof-of-concept experiment, they adapt an established technique based on holographic stereographic recording and a novel photorefractive polymeric material as the recording medium to produce a holographic display that can refresh its images every two seconds. Multicoloured and full parallax display are possible in this system - as is 3D ‘telepresence’, in which data describing holographic images from one location are transmitted to another location where the images are ‘printed’ with the quasi-real time dynamic holographic display.

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