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More than a hologram: Star Wars-inspired tech you can buy right now

The VX1 from Voxon Photonics is a volumetric display inspired by the game of holochess (aka dejarik) aboard the Millennium Falcon, as featured in Star Wars: Episode IV and The Force Awakens. This technology works as a 3D printer for light, creating images that can be viewed in 3D from any angle, without the need…

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The VX1 from Voxon Photonics is a volumetric display inspired by the game of holochess (aka dejarik) aboard the Millennium Falcon, as featured in Star Wars: Episode IV and The Force Awakens. This technology works as a 3D printer for light, creating images that can be viewed in 3D from any angle, without the need for special glasses.

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    ashley 472074

    October 25, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Fantasy becomes reality

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    Frank Vincent Tolores Gesmundo

    October 25, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    nice

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    Bill Quillin

    October 25, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    A Very Large Array will be essential in future Battlefield Management!!

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    525Lines

    October 25, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Medical applications, especially where surgeons are consulting across the internet during surgeries.

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      Todd Gunter Jr

      October 25, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      525Lines coupled with the DaVinci surgical robot and this would be a doctor’s dream come true.

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    mark cen

    October 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    The dude just finished crying

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    PA -Mail

    October 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    The Chinese will come out with something similar in 6 weeks for $299.

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    Miyuru Weerarathna

    October 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Amazing!

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    Fin Jackson

    October 25, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    The Force is strong with this one.

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    Emeka Chime

    October 25, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Architecture and building construction. I foresee boundless possibilities.

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      Todd Gunter Jr

      October 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      Emeka Chime as a student in Mechanical engineering technology this would be useful for us as well

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    Senen Espada

    October 25, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    imagine with playing YUGIOH games or the REVISED version of the GATEBOX

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    Holy Grail

    October 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Damn…. I was born too early. This Generations got it made.

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    Bo Öhman

    October 25, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Awesome! 😃

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    Tristan Goddard

    October 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Meh

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    Jesse O

    October 25, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    How would you use a volumetric display? Let us know down below!

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      Zlatan Ibrahimovic

      October 25, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      I’d sell it to fund some of my college tuition fee

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      sherri moquin

      October 26, 2019 at 4:18 am

      Jesse O would it be possible to use the volumetric display for racing games?

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      xevious2501

      October 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      @Kongolox ive already done that back in the 90’s.. placed a 3M Clear film projection screen on my windshield. Think of it like clear window tint, and used a micro laser projector mounted on the light bar. Instant Minority Report display.

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      sherri moquin

      October 27, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      xevious2501 what does the spinning dome thing look like

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      SandeepK

      October 29, 2019 at 4:31 am

      You know this would be cool to watch Pictures Of River Nile

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      Kelly Stratton

      October 29, 2019 at 8:07 am

      Blender.

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      ZenZory Overload

      October 29, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      xevious2501 that’s basically a heads up display most new cars have that nowadays!

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    Anthony Kristofferson Alonzo

    October 25, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Ready Player One without the head gear.

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    kanodourden

    October 25, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    How fast is that screen moving and how is kept in motion motorically?

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    HCoRE8

    October 25, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I’ll use it for a Waifu

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    Zen = Yen 🔴

    October 25, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.
    I can use this for industrial hardware design.
    Next step is tech used by iron man to test his designs by wearing simulation on his hand.

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    Daniel H

    October 25, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Why am I just learning about this

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    Good Soul

    October 25, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Is that block which gets projected an aerosol..?

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    Nicholas Coffey

    October 25, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I thought the same thing when I sat at the Falcon’s table when I was there not too long ago.

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    Simon McInnes

    October 26, 2019 at 12:37 am

    A photonic medical assistant in the home? or general help like photonic Google assistant?
    Actually I hope they don’t sell out to another company, it would ruin it.
    It’s going to be a huge technology though.
    Just awesome living in the future,
    all the movie stuff coming to reality.
    Cool.

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    Andrea Murrell

    October 26, 2019 at 1:35 am

    it would be so great to get a call from someone and thier image pops up 3D like. looking foward to that.

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    Tareq N. Gaming

    October 26, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Creating a holographic program

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    Jameel Ja

    October 26, 2019 at 4:57 am

    WoW, this is amazing. How am I just hearing about this?!

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    theTRIOS

    October 26, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Ooh yeah here comes blade runner 2049 i hope this gets advanced really fast.

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    Alookks

    October 26, 2019 at 5:28 am

    cool, but because of the way the display works it sounds like it’d be very hard to scale up. maybe if they wanted to they could use multiple of these motorized layers together as well as multiple projectors mapped together

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    T

    October 26, 2019 at 5:54 am

    First the singularity, now holograms, autonomous cars, the future is near!;D

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    Birb_ Soup

    October 26, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Anime waifus just got so much more advanced

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    Dano Champ

    October 26, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Meanwhile some companies are trying waaaay to hard to force on the market their stupid foldable phones

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    Neo 77

    October 26, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Looking forward to it’s future

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    Nicholas Alves

    October 26, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    His explanation with the laser and the moving piece of paper was brilliant. How come no one thought of this before? I wonder what was the genius idea that made it possible.

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    Adalbertus Malleus

    October 26, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    OBVIOUS QUESTION – what is LIFESPAN of such a device? the fast moving screen seems like something that would malfunction over some time, since it has to repeat the same motion so frequently

    and related question, how many images does it project per second?

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    Michael O'Reilly

    October 27, 2019 at 12:18 am

    This would be useful in all sorts of different art installations and museum displays.

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    Dominic Samson

    October 27, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Dungeons and dragons! LOL! Surgeries, engineering and architecture will have to wait!

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    Raven One

    October 27, 2019 at 2:04 am

    I want one😁

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    Time Space

    October 28, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Meh, not that new.. BYU made a volumetric display last year. And it is not under a dome

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    Kevin

    October 28, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Dear slow mo guys, You know what to do.

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    Thomas Gannon

    October 28, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh

    That’s all I’m saying. lol

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    Eugene S

    October 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    This would only work in the dark. In daytime, you’d see the moving parts.
    This is effectively a 3d mechanical TV. Yes, the first TVs used to use a mechanical spinning disc to make an image.

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      swifty1969

      October 29, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      exactly!

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    J. Lietka

    October 29, 2019 at 12:06 am

    could say, simulations, like new roads or bridges be displayed, but put under real load or use conditions? great technology & thanks for the enlightening video

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    GS_01-03

    October 29, 2019 at 5:10 am

    I hope companies and stores actually start implementing this tech. I’d be cool to see in day to day life.
    I can imagine this making really cool product displays in store.

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    Craig Schultz

    October 29, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Was that $9,000 for just the display or, for the game? If the game, it’s cheap at twice the price!

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    imran chaudhry

    October 29, 2019 at 7:38 am

    i think the next breakthrough in display technology is to create a tactile or haptic sensation from a hologram , if we can concentrate light or particles to create a force that creates the sensation of touch that would open up a whole world of possibilities , reminds me in episodes of star trek where the holographic doctor would be able to interact with solid objects yet he was made up of light

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    635574

    October 29, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Remember early vr? No you dont, that was in the 80’s. This is ok for a first gen but i can still see tbe layers. Giving it 5 years to get good if the space around this is anything like vr now. By that point VR will be too good to care about tiny box displays.

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    Bracer Jack

    October 29, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Congratulation to everyone who help made it happen. I have a feeling that it is a very loud device looking at how fast things are spinning.

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    Yog Joshi Art

    October 29, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    this would be a fantastic device for digital artists. Especially when making 3D models.

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    HEK 293

    October 29, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    These people should start working on a way to use this to create life like hyper realistic videogames. That would be amazing! I would definitely buy that!

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    HEK 293

    October 29, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Just imagine watching movies using this tech.that would be crazy.

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    Nicholas Nelson

    October 29, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    This pretty much as good as a hologram 👌

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    Styy Hawk

    October 29, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS FINALLY

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    swifty1969

    October 29, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    as awesome as it is, it’s still not a true…true hologram like Star Wars

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    Get Sideways

    October 29, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    “More than a hologram”? This is a stupider idea than even those Microsoft’s two phones stitched together side by side.
    Just think about it… A semi-transparent projector screen going up and down quickly enough to not be seen itself. Who invented that? A middle-schooler? Also could be built by one too. This is not even close to a hologram and is much less than it.

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    olumsezbey

    October 29, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Awesome speech aide. Especially when your talking about DNA or moving mechanical parts.

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    Santiago Arbelaez

    October 29, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    100 years later ppl gonna look at this and say ” primitive “

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    Zeppo Muty Abound

    October 29, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Make a giant one and create a virtual park…

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    Jakov Tabula

    October 29, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Why dont just use aerogel to project into instead of fast moving screen

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    Daniel Whyatt

    October 29, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Ok, this’s just…AMAAAAZIIIIIIIING.😲🤩😎 THIS IS THE FUTURE RIGHT HERE. I can definitely see this being used for a whole variety of cutting edge applications all the way down to the most basic of uses.

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    nikushim666

    October 29, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Helical display are nothing new, but they are also not practical which is why it never really caught on. I dont think ILM or Disney is going to allow that in the falcon showroom. Because the environmental lighting would kill the effect not to mention those things can be rather loud. (there is a reason non of the demo videos of it have audio) Same can be said for just about every other POV effect volumetric display.

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    Richard Mai

    October 29, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh. YOUR MOVE!

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