Naw, I don't think holograms have a serious future. I think that while the "futurey mistique" of holograms are going to keep them popping up in
extant niches of culture and technology (like flying cars have), their utility will be outdated long before the enabling technology and
efficiency/utility is to the point where mass adoption becomes feasible. What we're already starting to see, ( very quickly ) gaining mass
appeal and traction is augmented reality.
Computers powerful enough to start really making economically useful real time video manipulation have reached the price point, energy efficiency, and
portability (both in software and hardware) to slip effortlessly into mass adoption. We're starting to see AR applications for iPod, internet
shopping, navigation, video gaming, and even sightseeing virtual tours. Eventually, (and by eventually, I mean just a few years) AR will move from
cell phones to designer glasses which project the image augments directly onto the retina. A few years after that, we'll start seeing it in contact
lens form. A few years after that... perhaps merging with non-invasive BCI (brain computer interfaces) technology (which is already seeing commercial
application) to start bypassing the eyes altogether and create the images via direct stimulation of the visual cortex.
I can't wait for the day when the newest addition to a home will be the holodeck...like Star Trek. Download "Mayberry" and go fishing with Andy and
Opie... ride with barney to the fillin' station and chat with Goober and Gomer. Yup...
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