The holographic images featured in the famous Star Wars movies are no longer light years away. H+ Technologies, a start-up company based in Vancouver, Canada, is bringing holographic technology into our homes, and potentially our schools and businesses, through the development of the Holus. The Holus is an interactive tabletop holographic display. This tabletop device blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds by transforming any 2D flat image into a 3D hologram that users can view and directly engage with from any direction due to the 360 degree field-of-view. The Holus projects the images from a connected computer, tablet, or smartphone into a glass pyramid, enabling users to play digital board games, have 3D phone calls, and view interactive models in the comfort of their living rooms. H+ Technologies proclaims, “To put it simply, whether it is a board game, DNA structure or the solar system, your content comes alive – view it from four different angles and interact with it in many ways that have never been possible.”
The Holus will be available in two versions: the Home Edition which includes two smartphone charging docks, and Holus Pro, which includes an HDMI port and a software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to create their own innovative holographic content and applications. Additional features of both versions include motion tracking that ensures content follows you as you move around the device, built-in speakers, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection that sync with other devices. It also has the capability to connect to other input devices, such as Leap Motion, to use gesture recognition, or Emotive Brain Sensor, to control holographic images with your mind.
Currently, there are other holographic technology systems that exist in the market, however they are bulky, costly and isolating. Conversely, the Holus is light-weight, cost-effective, and encourages group interaction. The creation of the Holus is driven by H+ Technologies’ philosophy “to humanize technology” and to support “collaborative, non-isolating computing environments that allow users to be engaged with information in a three-dimensional form.” The Holus aims to foster meaningful human connections by gathering people around a “social campfire” that promotes interaction, learning, and collaboration through its immersive 3D projections.
The Holus will be available for sale in March 2016. It has the potential to have a transformative impact on how we communicate, educate, and conduct business around the world.
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