BBC Creates Star Wars-Like Holographic TV

Posted: Sep 24 2016, 9:00am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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BBC Creates Star Wars-Like Holographic TV
A ‘holographic’ firework display. Credit: BBC
  • BBC is working on a holographic TV

According to the BBC head of Digital Partnership the TV device will bring archive footage to life.

BBC has accomplished creating an experimental ‘holographic’ TV device. The holographic TV is being exclusively used by BBC to bring to life their archive footages.

Cyrus Saihan, who is the Head of Digital Partnerships at BBC, explains this type of audience experience might not be very far away. A holographic TV experience can offer audiences a whole new level of detail and realism.

The holographic TV will be like the Ultra-High Definition or virtual reality, which seemed impossible a few years ago, but in a completely unique way.

In the BBC experimental device they used existing technologies and simple techniques to come up with holographic content. The BBC device also comes with extremely low-fi and low-cost.

Meanwhile the device is capable of delivering ‘floating’ images of augmented and mixed reality devices. These images are not currently available for audience testing. But BBC is promising soon in the future BBC content will be available on holographs.

How did BBC come up with this tech?

First off the Research and Development team at BBC wrote a theoretical paper on holograms back in the 1970s. Then when mobile phones were able to create small ‘holographic’ displays, it occurred to the media giant to make super-sized version of holographic devices.

Although the holographs are currently available on a small scale BBC is aiming to bring them in sizes equal to TVs suitable for living rooms.

The BBC holographic TV was made using a simple 46” TV modified with simple acrylic pyramid. The pyramids were attached with the help of a plastic cutter and thus were able to employ an old Victorian theatre technique which creates the illusion of floating images.

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