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Holographic PC Interface Invented

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posted on May, 4 2005 @ 12:08 PM
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Americam Inventor, Chad Dyner, head of IO2 Technology, claims to have invented a holographic interface system which will be backwards compatible with PC, TV, DVD, HDTV, and video game consoles. The technology is patent pending so details are slim, but apparently the "Heliographic" display projects a 22" 2D image that floats above your computer or other device.




io2technology.com
The Heliodisplay requires a power outlet, and a computer, TV, DVD or alternate video source. The current version of the Heliodisplay projects a 22" diagonal image that floats above the device. The Heliodisplay system is backward compatible and accepts most 2D video sources (PC,TV, DVD, HDTV, Video game consoles). For connection to a computer, the Heliodisplay uses a standard monitor VGA connection; for TV or DVD viewing, it connects using a standard RGB video cable.

The Heliodisplay is interactive, like a virtual touchscreen. A hand or finger can act as a mouse. No special glove or pointing device is required. Just as you use a mouse to move the cursor on a traditional computer monitor, you can use your finger to move the cursor around the Heliodisplay image (see: Images & Videos).The Heliodisplay connects to a computer (at least: Pentium III 400MHZ;25MB free disk space;Win2000/XP) through a USB port.

...Air comes into the device, is modified then ejected and illuminated to produce the image.

...Although the Heliodisplay uses lasers, the images are not holographic.




posted on May, 4 2005 @ 12:16 PM
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Great Find!



Cant wait to plug that in my Computer.


Sure would beat my dirty keyboard now! Wait, holographic keyboard does not get dirty!



[edit on 4/5/05 by Souljah]



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 12:53 PM
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This is not a 3d Keyboard but a 2d display projected into thin air by "changing" the Air molecules to make them refract certain wavelengths of light, the Resolution is nothing to brag about though and the is an NDA in affect so the true specs are still unknown. I still think this thing is neat though, I wonder if there is a way to make it 3d.



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 12:55 PM
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Originally posted by sardion2000
This is not a 3d Keyboard but a 2d display projected into thin air by "changing" the Air molecules to make them refract certain wavelengths of light, the Resolution is nothing to brag about though and the is an NDA in affect so the true specs are still unknown. I still think this thing is neat though, I wonder if there is a way to make it 3d.

Oops. My Bad.

Well, sooner or later - a holographic keyboard will appear anyway.




posted on May, 4 2005 @ 01:20 PM
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Souljah did you ever see that show "Seaquest"? In it they had an AI interface that used a display very similiar to this. I think these Sci-Fi authors should start patenting thier idea's as SeaQuest was done in the 90s, they could make a bundle off of the commercialisation of this technology heh.



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 01:22 PM
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Holographic projection of computer and other displays is not new. What is new is the elusive "interactive" factor. THe blurb reads as if you will be able to move the cursor with your finger, and possibly "double-tap", etc , to activate commands.

Cool stuff.




posted on May, 4 2005 @ 01:23 PM
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Originally posted by sardion2000
Souljah did you ever see that show "Seaquest"? In it they had an AI interface that used a display very similiar to this. I think these Sci-Fi authors should start patenting thier idea's as SeaQuest was done in the 90s, they could make a bundle off of the commercialisation of this technology heh.

Yea I remember Seaquest! With that guy from the Jaws as the Captain right?

Hey, maybe this kind of technology is already available, but not for us - considering that this guy invented this "all by himself" anyway.



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 01:24 PM
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Holographic projection of computer and other displays is not new. What is new is the elusive "interactive" factor. THe blurb reads as if you will be able to move the cursor with your finger, and possibly "double-tap", etc , to activate commands.


Yeah I thought that was neat too. I wonder how much it'll be when it comes out.. or should I even ask lol I probably won't like what i hear



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 01:28 PM
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I should imagine tech like this, once perfected, would be a HUGE commercial success, and thus the price would drop quickly as supply increased. Still, as with any technology, never buy the first model.



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 01:30 PM
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Well, now that its here, we have to figure out when to buy. Its 18 grand now and first generation, so if we wait 2 years gen2 and 10 grand. In four years gen3 and around 6grand.

Rough numbers, but you see my point. What is it worth to you, also take in to acount the size will shrink and the quality will get better as time passes.



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 01:42 PM
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Theres alot of amazing ideas out that never get off the ground and make real progress (Project Looking Glass, Gestures for Windows, etc) so I wonder if this will ever see real production or if its just going to blow alot of smoke up consumers hindquarters then dissappear like so much of this sci-fi type stuff out there.



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 01:43 PM
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You can buy one right now, its 9000 grand up front and 9 more upon shipping, you have to pay shipping of course.



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 02:01 PM
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We're already looking and discussing 3D views for GIS apps. Monitors will be replaced by flat projectors either portable or built into workstation tabletops.

In the immortal words of Butthead;

"Uh huh huh...that would be cool."


apc

posted on May, 4 2005 @ 06:41 PM
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There was another thread on this a little while ago.. dunno where or when but searching for 'helioscope' will probably reveal it.
This thing really can be an interactive keyboard if so desired. Check out the videos on the website. I dont remember which but one shows the user moving a map around with their fingertips.
It's long been known that crossing lasers with precision can cause wave interference resulting in a visual illumination in mid-air, but it's hard work. The creators of the Helioscope even admit that their device uses lasers, but refrain from giving out any more details.
I still want one..


[edit on 4-5-2005 by apc]



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 07:29 PM
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Despite the awesome coolness, I wouldn't buy for any appreciable amount of money what any screen can already do.


The current version of the Heliodisplay projects a 22" diagonal image that floats above the device.


My T.V. projects a 27" image on a screen. Besides being cool for showing off at presentations and impressing girls, why bother buying it?



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 07:49 PM
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With projection TVs up to the option of 120' and over, why worry over holographic projections - lol

My buddy may be loosing his job at the local Sound Advice, but at least he was able to get last year's projeiction system at a discount price and we're able to play Halo 2 on a near theatre size projection in the store and at his house




[edit on 5/4/2005 by EnronOutrunHomerun]



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 08:09 PM
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Originally posted by Amorymeltzer
Besides being cool for showing off...and impressing girls, why bother buying it?


I think you just answered your own question, Amory.



posted on May, 4 2005 @ 08:11 PM
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great find...

i cannot wait to see this in person...





posted on May, 4 2005 @ 08:28 PM
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Wow im so interested in holographic technology...this is really cool! Cant wait to get such an interface...who knows as far this can go if we once trick it out in a good working way!

Computer Games, Movies..the whole entertainment industry would get a really nice new toy...someday maybe no one would use normal monitors because every computer would have a holographic UI. Imagine the huuuge advantages for mobile phones or mobile computers!

Holo Deck anyone!?


Man i love this stuff....



posted on May, 5 2005 @ 07:31 AM
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Well, showing off for girls is about the only personal reason I could agree with for buying it but on the business end, creating a map and having the ability to view and 3d image would be far and away superior. Terrain and relief maps would be useful for running watershed simulations, flood scenarios, and landslide analysis. Highway maps would finally be able to show elevation properties properly.

Most high end GIS gear already has the ability to draw 3D such and 3D Analyst in Arc GIS but most systems lack the ability to use it to its full potential.

My bunch just ordered me a new PC with dual 19 inch LCDs. I wonder if I could go this way instead. With the cost being so high, I think it will be a few more years before they can swing it. Also, storage for such applications is also going to have to improve.

With all the good applications for the work world, I predict the most use of this will be, of course, the internet porn industry.



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