It’s safe to say that just about every person who has seen the 1977 flick Star Wars remembers the scene where Princess Leia a hologram of Princess Leia displayed by R2D2 was calling for help: Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.
Until now, hologram phone calls have generally been confined to movies. But thanks to a group of researchers and engineers the holographic Leia is no longer in a galaxy far, far away.
The Leia Display System, appropriate name right, is essentially a projection device that allows images to be displayed in mid air. But the Polish company behind the cool technology say it will also allow users to touch and interact with the display.
So how does it work?
To make a 3D phone call, a person will sit in front of a specially adapted camera featuring two lenses and a microphone. The two images the lenses create are blended to form a 3D version and streamed via the internet to the person who is being called. Based on its website, the hologram machine then receives the image and ‘beams it’ onto a ‘screen’ of water vapor, which gives the image its third dimension.
Translation: It will be as if your loved one is standing right in front of you…Talk about taking video calls to the next level!
The company plans to have a working model of the telephone operating by 2015. No word on pricing but the system isn’t expected to be on the market for for the next five years.