Given the resurgence in the popularity of records, Disney didn’t really have to do much to sell copies of The Force Awakens soundtrack now that it’s finally available on vinyl, months after the film’s release. But if you still need a reason to drop $50 on another copy, the records feature 3D holograms etched right…
The HoloLens headset from Microsoft is the world’s first untethered wearable that generates holograms before your eyes. It’s been nearly a year since we first strapped on a prototype, and as the tech goliath prepares to unleash a first batch of units to developers in the coming months, I was invited to check out just…
If you’re a fan of virtual musicians with computer-generated bodies and voices, and you live in North America, then do I have news for you.
In March 2001, the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, a pair of giant statues dating to the 6th century in the Bamyan valley in central Afghanistan. Now, the statues have been resurrected with 3D light projection technology.
Any time Bill Nye explains anything like this, I’m immediately back in elementary school science class.
In what is being called the world's first virtual political demonstration, Spanish activists have used holograms to protest a controversial new law limiting the rights and freedoms of protestors.
Is the Oculus Rift headset poised to become a game-changer in the courtroom, offering juries a way to evaluate evidence in greater detail than ever before? According to new research, "forensic holodecks" (yep, that's a Star Trek reference) that reconstruct crime scenes could soon become valuable courtroom tools.
Former White Stripes frontman Jack White is going all out on his upcoming album. The vinyl version of Lazaretto contains a number of unprecedented features, including two different intros for the same song and the appearance of a holographic angel while it spins.
Japanese pianist Yoshiki faces off against a holographic version of himself in a piano battle for the ages.
From the invention of the telephone approximately 150 years ago to tapping out little messages on devices that also simultaneously edit our photos, store our grocery lists, and help us locate ourselves, the way we communicate has changed. Today, we want to know what you think the next century will bring for…
Holograms have always been a quick, easy way for movies to tell us they're taking place in the future. As soon as you see someone talking with a human-sized hologram, you realize there's no way you'll ever be able to do that, and a part of you dies. Now, a company on Kickstarter promises to bring you the holographic…
When you're idly playing with a pen laser, as I'm sure many of you do, you may notice that the light it produces is strangely grainy, with light and dark patches. This is called laser speckle. Understanding it is key to understanding why lasers are awesome.
It's one of the most memorable scenes in science fiction: a 3D, holographic Princess Leia, begging for Obi-Wan's help. America's spy services have just plunked down $58 million to make it real. And if you think the gadget-makers behind this "Synthetic Holographic Observation" effort weren't inspired by Star Wars,…
Meet AVA — the airport virtual assistant stands ready to help you out in Newark and La Guardia airports, and soon JFK. This virtual guide, also called a hologram virtual assistant, is created by projecting onto a six-foot-tall human-shaped piece of plexiglass.Airport Model Museum Model Business Model
Given that we live in an era when Japanese pop groups build synthetic singers using preexisting members' facial features, this shouldn't be all that surprising. At the Coachella Music Festival last night, Tupac Shakur — who has been dead for almost 15 years — was resurrected by means of an unnervingly realistic…
Throw out your glasses. Apple has applied for, and recently been granted, a patent for tech that could produce 3D images without the need for special eyewear.
What's the crown jewel of the Tron Legacy toy blitz? This RC light cycle, which uses vacuum-powered suction to scale walls. Also, if another light cycle toy blocks its rear light stream, it'll plummet to earth. Watch it in action!
Sure, the characters in the Enterprise's holodeck would occasionally try to kill you, but when they worked, the tactile holograms looked like incredible fun. Now researchers are getting closer, creating holograms that can be felt and respond to human touch.
Progress continues on a Pentagon-backed fringe science project to develop matter that can assemble itself into 3D forms (such as weapons) and flow like mercury through barriers. We all know where this leads, don't we?