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 academic and research libraries?

  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Apr 1, 2015 Not too far down the road this will become an exciting new way to know. Once these technologies become more widespread educators will begin to produce content, and this will allow academic and research librarians a place to step in - perhaps by accumulating such resources that may support instruction at the University.
  • As the evolution from STEM to STEAM continues, libraries may become home to more of these kinds of technologies. - janice.welburn janice.welburn Apr 20, 2015

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

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on academic and research libraries?

  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Apr 1, 2015 There is no harm in making learning fun, especially for some undergraduates! Also these ways of learning, because they will be multisensory and interactive promise to provide high quality, deep learning - of special importance to people who are print averse - dyslexics and those more kinaesthetic oriented.
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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