What are Volumetric and Holographic Displays?

One of the long anticipated innovations to stem from the rapid progression of technology has been holographic or volumetric displays, also referred to as 3D displays. Since 2005, researchers have been working toward creating practical uses for holography, and the aggregated attempts of these developers over the years have turned 3D visuals into an experience that can be facilitated by a personal mobile device. MIT's Media Lab produced a holographic projector that employs a spatial light modulator (SLM), the central component of digital holography, to create a holographic video. As these technologies continue to be refined, it won't be long before consumers will have the option of purchasing devices with holographic capabilities, an advancement that will be accompanied by a offering of downloadable media files in 3D formats.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Feb 13, 2015Unlike the virtual reality software, this technology embeds real content in virtual space while keep the regular field of view. With VR one is completed embedded in the experience; the holograms made by HoloStudio can be 3D printed in Windows 10!
  • This phenomenon is much larger than the introduction supposes. For example, the zSpace booths at ISTE, FETC, and TCEA were only outdone in educator traffic by perhaps Google and getting a selfie with Emmett Smith. See the near-holographic displays now used heavily in medical and pharmaceutical fields, moving to education: http://www.display-central.com/free-news/press-releases/los-altos-school-district-students-engage-immersive-learning-interactive-3d-learning-stations-zspace-inc/- len.scrogan len.scrogan Feb 16, 2015
  • VIsualization is a key component of mathematics and one that has been greatly neglected. This has started to be brought back in with the Common COre curriculum. - crompton crompton Feb 17, 2015
  • I think this is the beginning of something amazing that can be brought to the classroom. This can provide experiences teachers have been looking for and will provide inquiry for students. Look forward to seeing this on even a larger scale. - kayj kayj Feb 18, 2015

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Feb 13, 2015This has great potential from upper Elementary and up, where kids can create virtual in HoloStudio and then print a useable product. It could tie into so many aspects of a curriculum, and once Educational developers build for it, the potential is vast. - crompton crompton Feb 17, 2015
  • Same as all visualization technologies. See my posts in the other sections of this category on PSE and visualization advantages- len.scrogan len.scrogan Feb 16, 2015
  • It will provide a chance to contextualize learning that is often decontextualized with learning in books. - crompton crompton Feb 17, 2015
  • This will provide the ability to bring famous characters to life in the classroom; bring world masterpieces to life; provide content that will be flexible and explorable; provide amazing immersion experiences for students. - kayj kayj Feb 22, 2015

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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