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Holographic 3D visualization, development of the next generation holo-display based on emerging optical and opto-electronic technologies

Project description

Advanced displays Broadening the horizon for 3-D displays

Do you think the latest generation of high-definition LCD and plasma TVs offer the best viewing experience around? Think again. A team of European researchers has developed a display that makes the image jump out of the screen at you.

Working in the Holovision project, the team has created a three-dimensional (3-D) display with unprecedented image resolution and clarity, as well as a much wider field of view than any holographic display previously developed. Best of all, you do not need to wear goofy-looking glasses to view it.

The project partners see 3-D displays as the next evolution in image technology after the high-definition displays that have recently come on to the market. However, they initially expect their technology to be used for professional rather than entertainment purposes.

Virtually boundless applications

Computer-aided design, scientific and architectural modelling and any industry that requires detailed simulations could benefit from the technology. Doctors, for example, could use it to plan for surgery by being able to see 3-D models of body organs. Pilots in training could use the technology to experience far more realistic flight simulations.

The key difference between the display developed in the Holovision project and others built to date is that it enables a large number of people to view it at the same time from different angles.

Most current 3-D display technologies are based on so-called auto-stereoscopic systems that rely on showing the viewer two slightly different two-dimensional images – one for the left eye and one for the right eye. The set up tricks the brain into fusing the images into a single 3-D one.

Such displays have a very limited field of view – about 20 degrees – that prevents the images from being seen by more than one person at a time.

Wider field of view

In contrast, the technology developed by Holovision offers a field of view of about 60 degrees – less than an LCD or plasma screen, but more than enough for group viewing.

To make this achievement, the team developed an innovative light-projection module fast enough to cope with the high frame rates required to produce 3-D images with a wide field of view.

To showcase their technology, the project built a prototype 50-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio screen with more than 125 million pixels capable of displaying 3-D images in high-colour and image resolution.

Ten-fold improvement on existing systems

The screen builds on previous 3-D displays developed by project partner Holografika, based in Hungary and a market leader in 3-D technology. The project partners say the new display is about ten times better than existing systems in almost every respect, including resolution, colour fidelity and update rate.

Another project partner, Britain’s BAE Systems, has developed an application for use with the Holovision display to depict terrain in 3-D.

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Coordinator Contact

Tibor BALOGH (MR.)

Coordinator

HOLOGRAFIKA HOLOGRAMELOALLITO FEJLESZTO ES FORGALMAZO KFT

Address

Ady Endre Utica 3/A
1192 Budapest

Hungary

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 555 454

Administrative Contact

Tibor Balogh (Mr.)

Participants (5)

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VIDEOTON HOLDING RESZVENYTARSASAG

Hungary

STOCKERYALE (IRL) LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 422 875

BAE SYSTEMS INTEGRATED SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

SCIOPTO LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 426 531

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 145 140

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 004524

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    30 April 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 017 151

  • EU contribution

    € 1 550 000

Coordinated by:

HOLOGRAFIKA HOLOGRAMELOALLITO FEJLESZTO ES FORGALMAZO KFT

Hungary