By Carlos Delgado
Remember the first time you saw Princess Leia pleading for Obi-Wan Kenobi’s help via R2-D2’s hologram projector in the original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope for those who inexplicable don’t know)? It seemed pretty far fetched, even by today’s high tech standards, right?
Well you would be wrong. Leia Display Systems, a Polish company named after the bunned-haired Star Wars princess, is making hologram phones a reality, reports the DailyMail.com. It’s already successfully created an interactive hologram machine, and it’s goal is to have a working hologram phone by next year. Ultimately, the phones would be available to the public within five years.
The 3D phone would use two special cameras which would capture caller’s image in stereo vision–the process that allows animals with binocular vision (animals with two forward facing eyes) to perceive depth. The images, along with audio, would be streamed across the internet to the recipient’s hologram phone, which would project the images on a “screen” of water vapor.
The result? A real time 3D holographic image of the person you are talking to.
Chief executive of Leia Display Systems Marcin Panek claims that “it will be as if loved ones, friends and family are standing right in front of you while you talk with them halfway across the world.”
And although the phones will initially be prohibitively expensive at first, like all technology, as the process is refined and more common place, the price will surely drop.
*In Yoda voice* Wait for the hologram phone to become a reality, we cannot.
And by the way, if you’re wondering about the Tupac hologram tie-in, did you know he was set to audition for the role of Mace Windu before he died? We come full circle…