Arizona researcher: 3-D video no longer mere fantasy

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A University of Arizona researcher says 3-D projections like the Princess Leia and Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine holograms from the Star Wars film saga are no longer science fiction.

“It is actually very, very close to reality. We have demonstrated the concept that it works. It’s no longer something that is science fiction,” Nasser Peyghambarian told The Associated Press.

He and his colleagues are published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature. The team’s experimental results are more like a 3-D slideshow than full-motion video — that will come later, Peyghambarian said, as the technology is developed and more cameras are added. He estimated that a 3-D setup — without special glasses — could be available for home use within 10 years. Other applications include surgical collaboration — and, of course, military training and advertising.

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