Why a Favourite Piece of Star Trek Tech May Become a Reality

Why a Favourite Piece of Star Trek Tech May Become a Reality


Publication Title
Inverse
Publication/Creation Date
September 26 2021
Creators/Contributors
Ravinder Dahiya (creator)
University Of Glasgow (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Discursive Type
Inventions
Description
Dr. Ravinder Dahiya and colleagues from the University of Glasgow have developed holograms that use "aerohaptics", creating a sense of artificial touch on their fingers, hands, and wrists using jets of air. He says, "In time, this could be developed to allow you to meet a virtual avatar of a colleague on the other side of the world and really feel their handshake. It could even be the first step towards building something like a holodeck."

This system doesn't require the use of any wearables, like virtual reality headsets or smart gloves. It uses computer graphics, air, glass, and mirrors, like "a modern variation on a 19th-century illusion technique known as Pepper’s Ghost, which thrilled Victorian theatergoers with visions of the supernatural onstage."

In the future, he thinks the system could be used for immersive video games, teleconferencing, or medical purposes.


 
HCI Platform
Ambient
Relation to Body
Around
Related Body Part
Hand, Eye, Nose
Source
https://www.inverse.com/science/touchable-holograms

Date archived
November 9 2021
Last edited
November 18 2021
How to cite this entry
Ravinder Dahiya. (September 26 2021). "Why a Favourite Piece of Star Trek Tech May Become a Reality". Inverse. Bustle Digital Group. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/5541