Holograms are one of the coolest things humanity has ever invented, and at this year’s CES 2017, the debut of HoloLamp makes it seem like sci-fi dreams might be a reality soon. Instead of using a headset to produce augmented reality, the HoloLamp utilizes a projector that makes it possible to project holographic images in a small area like a table.
The demos shown of HoloLamp reveal that the device scans a designated area and finds any objects it can interact with. It then can add a host of holographic augmented reality effects to those objects. Additionally, the HoloLamp can project an entirely holographic playing field without the need for additional objects.
HoloLamp uses a video camera, a holographic projector, and the Unity game engine to render its AR magic. The team behind HoloLamp wishes to provide a more immersive experience by allowing users to engage their surroundings without the need for headsets or special controllers. Currently, HoloLamp uses a PlayStation 4 controller for interaction, but the HoloLamp team eventually wants users to be able to interact with projected images using touch alone.
The HoloLamp will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2017 and comes with an animated chess game. The team has said that all the HoloLamp will need to function is an HDMI cord and a Windows 10 or macOS computer. With the demos showing the HoloLamp interacting with Lego figures, it seems like this tech might bring the next iteration of games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity. I can’t wait to see what developers can do with this emerging AR tech.