Remember when tablet computers sounded like the stuff of science fiction? Or how about smart phones? There was a time when phones that allowed you to surf the Web and send e-mail messages sounded like the technology of the future. Now these are the technologies of the present. So what’s next? Ben Kunz, a writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, has his own prediction: holograms.
Apple and holograms
Will our Apple devices soon display dynamic holograms? If you are having trouble visualizing what this would be like, imagine technology akin to what Robert Downey Jr.’s character employed in the movie The Avengers. Kunz’s prediction is not merely a guess; he has based it on recent acquisitions and patents from Apple. Not just that, but Apple has to stay ahead of the competition, which is intense, in the tablet world.
So how exactly could interactive holograms be created? Using forward-facing cameras the user’s eyes could be tracked and a screen that projects beams of light may be used to create different angles of the object. This could create a very realistic hologram that will maintain its visual integrity.
The future of 3D?
The one thing that Apple is going to have to deal with if they opt to introduce 3D technology and/or holograms to their devices is that 3D tech has yet to excite the imaginations of consumers. Sales have already been slow for 3D TV’s and Nintendo’s 3DS handheld game system which doesn’t even require glasses. So what makes Apple think it will do this successfully? Apple has had a history of taking ideas and making them better. Look what they did with the mouse. They took Xerox’s idea, made it better, and it sold like hotcakes. But only time will tell if Apple will find the best execution of 3D and/or hologram technology to excite and entice consumers.