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Holography: Our future presence?

Holography: Our future presence?

Written by Nina Peitler | Reviewed by Gabriela Ayala

Created on: 03 Mar 2021 | Updated on: 05 Mar 2021

News category: "News on Living Innovation"

Martin Richardson, Professor of modern holography on our future presence

Our guest in this week’s Responsible Innovation story is Martin Richardson. Martin is Professor of modern holography at De Montfort University in Leicester. Having gained the world’s first PhD in display holography in 1988, Martin is an imaging pioneer. For him, holography is an astounding new expression of art, which will offer great benefits in the future.

“There is something about the pureness of a three-dimensional holographic telepresence, which takes on a different meaning for its user.”

What is the State of the Art in holography?

“Apart from the increasing application of holograms in our daily life, there are ways emerging that use holographic optical elements, which overlap the world of holography with the real world. The actual big push in science is using holograms within Augmented Reality.”

What are the advantages of holographic telepresence?

“The standard two-dimensional format of flat screens is tiring for the eyes. Holographic telepresence overcomes this problem, as it offers a more curved reality, which provides incredible collaboration possibilities to its users and creates a much higher attention span.”

Our most important insights from this Interview with Martin Richardson:

  • Holographic telepresence offers great advantages for collaboration and creativity in online environments.
  • A broad variety of technologies offer holographic experiences, but a hologram projected in plain air is still years, if not decades away.
  • Combined applications of holography and augmented reality glasses have a high potential to become the “next big thing”.

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