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Forget science fiction — Silicon Valley start-up Light Field Lab has created a hologram so real that I could put my hand right through it. Subscribe to CNET: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on TikTok:

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Forget science fiction — Silicon Valley start-up Light Field Lab has created a hologram so real that I could put my hand right through it.

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  1. Himani Kumari

    October 7, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    That’s why I love science

  2. KingCrypto

    October 7, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    This technology is nothing new lol..research Project Blue Beam and the use of holograms..

  3. Claire Reilly

    October 7, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    It was definitely challenging capturing three dimensional light objects on a 2D screen (our shooter John had a FUN time with this one!), but I have to say it was very cool to see this tech in person! Biggest question: Where do you want to see this used?

    • boyohoyo

      October 7, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      billboards i guess. get the blade runner vibes going

    • Steve D

      October 7, 2021 at 8:50 pm

      Theme parks would be cool, for sure

    • Nathan Heisey

      October 7, 2021 at 10:09 pm

      I wonder what the limitations are. If you put a panel on a flat table surface, would you be able to walk around the table and see the object, or do you need to be looking at or towards the panel to see it?

    • Toph Law

      October 7, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      I can see this in operating theaters where student doctors can see their virtual patient projected over a digital operating table while others gather around to observe the work in real time…. or a team of engineers collaborating on a prototype much like what we saw in Favreau’s Iron Man film… all without the need to wear glasses.
      Throwing in ultrasonic haptic feedback & AI/computer vision into the mix would allow the user to actually ‘feel’ the surface of the projected hologram & interact with it all without special glasses or gloves.
      I can’t wait to see where the technology goes.

    • Jolan Rensen

      October 8, 2021 at 12:02 am

      How is this different from The Looking Glass Factory?

    • Jeff Barnes

      October 8, 2021 at 2:50 am

      Thanks Claire. You did terrific job! We all loved the story.

    • David Adams

      October 8, 2021 at 4:09 am

      Definitely as soon as they can scale up beyond 125″ for not an unreasonable amount of money, I’d put one in my home cinema.

    • Oscar Swida

      October 8, 2021 at 8:30 am

      @Nathan Heisey This display would definitely have the limitation you allude to. The image would not be able to leave the outline of the display. A good solution to that problem is simply to recess the virtual object deeper into the display.

    • Bigboikilljoy

      October 8, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      i wanna see these used for ads every where i go

    • Chronos '

      October 8, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      Video calls

    • SGVideos

      October 9, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      Theme parks!!!

    • Alex Mercer

      October 10, 2021 at 5:15 am

      I don’t think this is real, How come shrubs shake when the Chameleon caught an insect?

    • Patrick Hinds

      October 10, 2021 at 6:44 am

      Zoo, Aquarium, and especially at Natural History Museums with extinct species (dinosaurs please)!

    • Lionelle Richee

      October 10, 2021 at 7:35 am

      Video calls at home!

    • Tiago Maciel

      October 10, 2021 at 2:56 pm

      If we could use it like in the movies it’ll be all I want. But apply this in games and virtual reality would be astonishing.

    • Averroes

      October 11, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      Gosh I really hope laptop will eventually use this as the main display

    • RPRsChannel

      October 11, 2021 at 6:08 pm

      This should be the future of Zoo’s, not because the animals are extinct, but so we don’t put animals in Zoo’s.
      Well, of course also the occasional Tasmanian Tiger, Raptor flock or Dodo would be nice to see “live” like this.

    • J P

      October 11, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      EVERYWHERE!!!!!!

    • 2000ReRyRo

      October 11, 2021 at 11:04 pm

      @Blake Do you understand what light is? Yes, it can touch objects…and light them up, not move them. Does your flashlight move the objects it shines on?

    • 2000ReRyRo

      October 11, 2021 at 11:08 pm

      @RPRsChannel Zoo’s what? Or did you mean zoos?

  4. dman7895

    October 7, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    The Disney imagineers would LOVE this!!!!

  5. YouAndImpact

    October 7, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Very nice 👌

  6. Mo Klonus

    October 7, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Jaws 19 coming to Hill Valley Holomax Theater, Butthead!

  7. AkuTenshiiZero

    October 7, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Well as long as we’re living in a cyberpunk dystopia, we should at least start getting the aesthetic going.

  8. Michael Noble

    October 7, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    If it’s what I think it is, then we’d be able to have digimon in,real life, good for pokemon go, and good for playing yu-gi-oh even in the tournaments.

  9. Peter B

    October 7, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    This looks incredible. I can’t wait to see this in theme parks!

    • steve castleberry

      October 7, 2021 at 10:26 pm

      I saw it at Disneyland around `69. These guys are foreigners.

  10. Kevin George

    October 7, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    One obstacle that cannot be overcome is creating black or dark colors. Regardless of how good these become they will always require controlled environments to be viewed properly. Just like a traditional projector. Otherwise, any light behind the hologram will be visible through the dark areas of the image. I’d love to be proven wrong but it’s still very cool.

  11. Harry Alpert

    October 7, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    cool beans!

  12. Zulu1520

    October 7, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Wow

  13. John Lozo

    October 7, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t to appear self absorbed BUT ITS ABOUT TIME NOW WHERES MY FLYING CAR!

  14. Promo A

    October 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Looks underwhelming. She didn’t walk around it, nor her hand pass through it. She should be more honest and tell us the limitations. Kudos to the inventors nonetheless.

  15. 360Rumors

    October 7, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Observations: 1. from the camera’s perspective, the chameleon looks flat. This seems to contradict their claim that it is a 3d object. 2. when you put your hand “through” it, it should have cast shadows. But it did not. This seems to suggest the chameleon was some type of illusion that was actually farther away from you than it seemed. 3. the explanation for how it works is very vague and seems false. I think this might be the next Magic Leap.

  16. NativeRambler

    October 7, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Reminds me of Joi from bladerunner

  17. alexander9560

    October 7, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    *activates duel disk*
    It’s time to duel!

  18. Caden Churchill

    October 7, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I’m dying to see a cat go crazy over this 😂

  19. Kashish Prasher

    October 7, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    “I’m six inches into this box”

    …do with that what you will

  20. LessThanAvg Player

    October 7, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh irl anyone

  21. tourettes

    October 7, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    this would great for red dead redemtion!

  22. mike m

    October 7, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I’ve Been Waiting
    For My Holographic
    Girlfriend

  23. Emcee Squared

    October 8, 2021 at 12:56 am

    It’s cool but how much does it cost? If i wanted one for my living room.

  24. juliano

    October 8, 2021 at 1:01 am

    “6 inches into this box” giggity loool.

  25. Hamlet32

    October 8, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Yay no more TVs

  26. Coon Pooch

    October 8, 2021 at 1:35 am

    This is devil science, come back to the father accept Christ in your hearts

  27. rahul banerjee

    October 8, 2021 at 2:29 am

    But still its use dark. Not day light. .

  28. Alex Mercer

    October 8, 2021 at 3:52 am

    Are those shrubs too hologram?. , how come they move when the chameleon snacks a fly??

  29. Alex Mercer

    October 8, 2021 at 3:58 am

    Is it me or the shrubs moved when the Chameleon caught a fly on the shrub?, if they moved, shouldn’t they too be a hologram?. it doesn’t appear to me so.

    • Oscar Swida

      October 8, 2021 at 8:37 am

      The shrub was rigged.

  30. David Adams

    October 8, 2021 at 4:05 am

    So are we pretending that she didn’t just say “six inches into this box”?

  31. Peter Lee

    October 8, 2021 at 5:25 am

    This is the true integral imaging display with full parallax, unlike Looking Glass Factory, which only has horizontal parallax. even this display is not truly holographic, as true holographic display requires phase modulation at sub-micron level. but this is a huge step forward. probably will take much longer than VR/AR due to the sheer amount of computation required to dynamically render gigapixel density images. I’d say 2050 at the very least when light field displays become the mainstream and 2080 for holographic TVs.

  32. aaron acosta

    October 8, 2021 at 6:35 am

    NOT A REAL HOLOGRAM. Until we see Princess Leia asking Obi-Wan for help, that’s when it becomes real.

  33. NeEd InPuT

    October 8, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Hologram tv please with hologram movies

  34. Ben Barany

    October 8, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Okay how does it actually work though? I’m guessing it’s refracting non-visible spectrum photons through specific gases to change the spectrum to visible light right at the targeted point in 3D space.

  35. upplsuckimcool16

    October 8, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    it doesn’t make sense to me….. her fingers are always in front of it. I wanna see her put her hand behind it so the image shows up blocking the view of her hand. If this is a true hologram is should be able to do that no?

  36. Anibal Marques

    October 8, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Every time I watch one of your reports It takes me back to “Beyond Tomorrow / 2000” from the late 80s early 90s 🤓

  37. Danie Bello

    October 8, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    AR glasses/contacts/bionic eyes are gonna make holograms mostly moot

  38. elukok

    October 8, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    So if you can walk around it and it is a 3d hologram, why are they showing it mounted in the wall and you being able to look at it only as a 2d screen from one angle. Probably some fakery going on. Seems very fishy to show it off like this.

  39. Mark Flatt

    October 8, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Ok, that looks like the genuine article…🤔🤷‍♂️ this is just the start though…its still projected into the air…which is what is so different…no spinning disk and no glasses…waiting to see where it goes from here…

  40. Harry Quijano

    October 8, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    I was thinking about yu gi oh. I can already imagine how awesome it would be playing using this technology

  41. HTY

    October 10, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Possibilities 👍👍👍👍

  42. Peet Rungsima

    October 10, 2021 at 3:06 am

    WoW, this is truly hypnotic! 😘😁🤓🥳🍉🍉

  43. tubetop123

    October 10, 2021 at 3:23 am

    You know this will be used in the adult industry

  44. Richard Berish

    October 10, 2021 at 4:12 am

    Well it’s about fuckin time lol

  45. EnterTrivia PH

    October 10, 2021 at 4:16 am

    Finally

  46. Alexander

    October 10, 2021 at 4:25 am

    I am ready to see this a video game application.

  47. Ashgarn Gorfel

    October 10, 2021 at 5:35 am

    First thing I will watch on this hologram would be videos from the Hub. 🤣

  48. L M2

    October 10, 2021 at 5:50 am

    I’d love this for video games

  49. Christopher Finn

    October 10, 2021 at 6:05 am

    So I guess it’ll be on Samsung in a few years and Apple in 25

  50. graphosxp

    October 10, 2021 at 6:11 am

    “Screw you and your stupid animal holograms.” Were in fact the last words of the recently extinct ivory-billed woodpecker. Woody’s friend the Bramble Cay melomys (also now recently extinct!) was from Australia and as such called this lady the C-word before permanently shuffling off the world stage. Can’t say I disagree with either of them!

  51. Jeremias Santos

    October 10, 2021 at 10:17 am

    ***CADÊ A TURMA DO BRASIL?***

  52. Nghịch Game

    October 10, 2021 at 11:41 am

    people in the comment mostly say “cant w8 to see it first time in theme park” or buy it to troll friend or cat. You will see it first in some big building playing ads

  53. Unan1mouz

    October 10, 2021 at 11:57 am

    So cool! I hope hologram will become a reality in my lifetime.

  54. Chief Ankama

    October 10, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    get one to SpaceX asap it would look cool in a starship

  55. Tiago Maciel

    October 10, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Amazing.

  56. Clock Clocky

    October 10, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Damn can’t wait to try this on acid

  57. Clock Clocky

    October 10, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Imagine this on acid

  58. MagicCardboardBox

    October 10, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Man, I really hope this is actually as cool as you’re claiming

  59. Jango

    October 10, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    JAV studios need to really start pouring money into this NOW!

  60. Roger Holden

    October 10, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    All true, but whats the cost? Currently they indicate at least a million dollars for a 90 inch display. So how much for a 12 inch display?

  61. DROWNING ACE’S

    October 10, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Imagine this for Pokémon battles in front of you

  62. Nate C

    October 10, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Can’t wait to have a hologram room

  63. Apollo Bukowski

    October 10, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    We really are seeing the transition to the new world begin to take place. What a time to be alive. I hope AI will make it a more equitable world instead of delete us.

  64. Shaddowkhan

    October 11, 2021 at 12:37 am

    “I’m 6 inches into this box and all I’m feeling is air.” Phrasing!

  65. Italo Silva

    October 11, 2021 at 4:13 am

    God let me live more 50 years.

    • 2000ReRyRo

      October 11, 2021 at 11:17 pm

      Look on the bright side — if you die tomorrow you won’t know what you missed and won’t be able to have any regrets.

    • Italo Silva

      October 12, 2021 at 12:02 am

      @2000ReRyRo make sense

  66. Aoi Kemono

    October 11, 2021 at 4:29 am

    It might as well be flat. Is this seriously the type of thing they want to showcase to the press? A boring lizard inside a box flush to a wall? How about a large animal or person you can actually walk around and view from ALL angles? Smells like they are hiding some serious limitations.

  67. Funk Machine909

    October 11, 2021 at 4:50 am

    this is what i have been saying for years is the future and how we will watch films at home and play video games. just wait because it will happen

  68. Mike Trieu

    October 11, 2021 at 5:20 am

    So, two of these back-to-back should theoretically let you see all sides of an object, yes?

  69. Aerohk

    October 11, 2021 at 7:16 am

    Why innovative things like this can only come from bay area?

  70. Atorb Tech

    October 11, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Get ready for the fake alien invasion story by the govts. Hint – spiderman movie.

  71. Asvolies Harvem

    October 11, 2021 at 9:32 am

    2:03 passing through light….no…..no its not ….nice try look below hear hand you can see its reflection on a clear glass
    and plus the had gos over it not throu it…

    nice try
    lol
    nice try

  72. Hello Hello

    October 11, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Excited! Hope we could implement this technology everywhere

  73. Justin Kelvianto

    October 11, 2021 at 11:28 am

    So trippy yet so amazing

  74. joelface

    October 11, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    The title is deceptive. It isn’t a hologram. But it is a very advanced 3D screen presumably using a lightfield display. This isn’t a “true” hologram, but it is still something very cool. I’d be curious to see if it could display a full scene with objects at various depths, or if it can only display a single object like they’ve shown off.

  75. murcielago Batman

    October 11, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Now make a anime girl

  76. rithminte

    October 11, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    The plants looked incredible! the lizard not so much

  77. Averroes

    October 11, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    What a time to be alive!

  78. Fillype Farias

    October 11, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Where it should be applied?
    – Starts with EVERYTHING.

  79. dean2663

    October 11, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Wow what’s next? 3D TV?

  80. bob zealand

    October 11, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    I’ll say what we all are thinking this is gonna revolutionize the food industry

  81. Caruzo96

    October 11, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    why dont her hands light up when she passes through the chameleon? 🤔

  82. Psycho_ Maniac13

    October 11, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Phones will probably have this ready In two years.
    Apple in 9 year:
    “Today we are going to show you something new, somthing revolutionary”

  83. Cimpy101

    October 11, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Why couldn’t you move the camera? It seems like they didn’t want you bringing the camera too close to the hologram.

  84. Ipkiz

    October 11, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Yu-Gi-Oh i said it

  85. Dan Rich

    October 11, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Almost had a heart attack when she reached out to touch it and it squeaked!

  86. sleepyIC

    October 12, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Designing anything that requires 3D with this is the dream. Something like Microsoft Surface PixelSense ‘Coffee Table x this 🥵

  87. Ami Hontalas

    October 12, 2021 at 1:07 am

    I’m hoping the zoos of the future are holograms.

  88. 10 O'Swords

    October 12, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Was the foliage hologram or just the lizard? Because the lizard looked fake…

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