The Age of Holograms

The age of holograms

The age of technology with a focus on the human path.

Alex Kipman, the HoloLens & Kinetic inventor, looks into the evolution from our screen to the immerse world of 3D holograms. In the following video Alex mixes up near reality and far-future possibility.

The HoloLens, is a jaw dropping device that turns everyday environments into interactive holographic worlds, mixing digital content right into our world. HoloLens also has the potential to turn computing paradigm as we know it inside out!

Wearing the HoloLens headset, Alex Kipman demos his vision for bringing 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content. The real world applications of such technology are already empowering medical students to learn, industrial designers, such as Volvo to design better cars and scientists to explore planets through the power of holograms!

We are like cave people in computer terms, barley having discovered charcoal and started drawing the first stick figures

Alex Kipman

Further amazing evolution of the holographic world is under way with the likes of interactive holograms spawning physical interactions with the holograms, the like of that which we are used to in films such as Ironman. It becomes pretty clear from watching the above clip, observing the evolutions in this field,  and applying common sense, that our children’s, children will live in a world devoid of 2D technology.

Interacting with holograms

A team of researchers from universities across Japan have developed a safe-to-touch form of hologram technology using femtosecond lasers.

Dubbed “Fairy Lights” by its inventors, the technology fires lasers into the air, pulsing at one millionth of one billionth of a second to turn a specific point into plasma. is developing a  femtosecond plasma-based hologram system, suggesting that this is indeed the future of holograms.

Not only do these holograms allow for interaction, but they also produce feedback, enabling the user to ‘feel’ the hologram as one interacts.

Fairy Lights Hologram

Haptic feed back is what holograms of the future will encompass. Feeling a force back from a virtual reality object…or feeling it’s temperature. The blend of virtual and real world applications of holographic content open up many insights into how we interact with the world and the opportunities to stretch that paradigm for the better.


Holograms – an extension of devices

Content is one thing, with education, exploration and communications in mind, the prospective reality apart from the immersive aspects of the holographic world is the application of holograms into devices we us every day. an example of this that may indeed become reality on the not too distant future is inclusion within our smart phones. Amazon has been rumoured to be working on such a device. The holographic phone, known as the Amazon Fire is just one of the players in this field with the likes of the Takee 1 phone being a closer step to more dynamic projected 3D content.Hologram Phone



When technology truly understands our world, it will transform the ways we interact, we work and we play. The real key to the evolution of this space is how it will enrich our lives and our relationships – an evolution from being glued to screens of varying devices, hopefully the immersive nature and the interactivity on the horizon will lead to an improvement in the humanity of societies versus the alienation.

People being the centre of the outcome, not the technology.

Holograms have been seen as a integral part of our future in pop culture for many years.

Now it seems, they are relative moments away from being part of our every day lives. I can’t wait!