The time of Star Wars futuristic technology is finally here. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing any holograms of R2D2, but Holus, an interactive tabletop holographic platform is bringing us the next best thing. Holus converts 2D digital content into a 3D holographic experience. AltspaceVR had the same objective in mind when the social VR company created a video conferencing solution to make you feel like you are in a room full of people.
Holus’ device was created for educators and businesses that strive to have more realistic meetings or remote classes. This means they’ll be able to talk virtually “face-to-face” with employees and students from across the globe. The developers of Holus wanted to tear down the barrier between the digital world and physical world by creating a hologram technology that feels natural and allows users to engage with information in a 3D form.
Holus is designed for the users to be able to physically walk around the device and view the hologram from many different angles. Due to this design, “the group made Holus shaped as a pyramid instead of four square sides to shrink the size of Holus so as not to take up much space and, they said, it creates a better holographic effect. Tempered glass coating was designed to reflect a specific amount of light, they said, for optimal design quality. There is a slide-out drawer with inset plugs. There are USB side charging ports so that multiple users may stay charged using the device. Built in HD directional mini-speakers sync with devices. Setup appears easy: Unbox, plug in and download a choice of apps from the Google Play & Apple Stores.”
“Holus can easily be imagined in educational settings. Since people can move around and engage with the content, one can build on teaching subject matter. Teachers can keep students engrossed in learning about DNA structure or the solar system by presenting information from multiple angles and encouraging physical interaction.”
Holus connects with the user’s smartphone through WiFi or a Bluetooth connection. The Pro version of the Holus will cost $685 dollars and will be ready for purchase in March of 2016. The home version of Holus will be available in July 2016 and will cost $846.
Holus, along with other virtual tools, is changing the dynamic of meetings and classrooms with the integration of holograms. With this advancement in technology, holographic interaction can become the norm in the not so distant future. How do you think this type of technology could benefit the construction industry? Holographic images of projects, or enhancing meetings between employees on different job sites could just be the beginning.